If you were in Manara the past few days, you certainly noticed that the lighthouse looks different! Global Compact Network Lebanon and The Lighthouse Keepers of Beirut partnered and renovated the good old lighthouse which is one of Beirut’s landmarks. After all, the region is named after it.
The initiative aims to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development goal number 14. The latter is about conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
FB | Global Compact Network Lebanon By reviving Beirut’s lighthouse, we are also preserving part of the city’s culture and protecting the sea!
The True Story of the Beirut Lighthouse
Beirut has two lighthouses: one that is active, and another one that is inactive. Nay Aoun created a short film about the forgotten lighthouse of Beirut. Although it has lost its historical significance among people, it hides a lot of history behind it, mainly the story of a family that struggled to keep it running despite the war.
In the movie, a man recalls his childhood which was mostly spent at the Manara. A family business of 150 years that was passed down to him by his father, the current operator of the lighthouse tells the hidden story of the Manara. Watch the film