Al Manara: Laying claim to Beirut

Author: Beirut The Fantastic

“The narrative of the old manara is a case in point. As a child living in its surroundings it always intrigued me. The black and white stripes, which seemed to climb up to the sky and project beams of light to guide vessels, I could never see in the waters, was almost magical. No building in the direct vicinity of the lighthouse on the hill could be constructed that would interrupt its projective abilities.”

This is part of an article on Beirut the Fantastic’s blog that pictures the evolution of Beirut’s lighthouse and its surroundings through the years, and was posted on Sunday June 24, 2012. Find the full article at


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