This Is What Lebanon Looked Like In The 1960s


The decade of the 1960s is known by historians as “one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades in world history.” It was the decade of collective “awakening” against wars, racism, and human rights violations. It was also when humankind took its first steps on the moon.

In Lebanon, which was just out of its 1958 war against itself, things were relatively calm with some ups and downs politically and some tumults due to, again, external issues.

Otherwise, the country was blooming into an era that brought it to be dubbed as “the playground of the world jet-setters” and “Paris of the Middle-East.”

Here are some shots of what Lebanon looked like during the 1960s’ decade.

Beirut in the 1960s

Tripoli 1961

Coffee places were a thing of that time, but only for men. These places were always packed to full capacity. Somehow, men of the middle and upper class had all the time in their hands… (sorry, grand-pa!)

Casino du Liban and Maalmetein Bridge, 1961

Adma didn’t exist back then and until half way through the civil war with Lebanese families, displaced from the north, started building it.

Vacationers at The Citadel of Byblos, 1961

Bedouin dancer in Bekaa, in the early 1960s

Baalbeck, 1962

Feminine Elegance in Lebanon, 1962

Baalbek 1962

Al-Raouche, Beirut, in the 1963

Other shots of Al-Raouche in the early 1960s

Sehat El-Bourj (Martyrs’ Square), Beirut, 1963

British Ballerina Margot Fonteyn visiting Baalbek in 1964

Souks El-Frenj, Beirut 1964

At a Byblos’ beach, 1965

King Saud Ben Abdel-Aziz of Saudi Arabia in Baalbeck during his visit to Lebanon in 1966

At Hotel Excelsior in Beirut, 1967

Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, 1968

Outside the American Community School (ACS) in Rass Beirut, 1968

A tourist with her pets in Ain El-Mreisseh, Beirut, 1969

Somewhere in Zahle, 1969

An old photographer at Al-Manara in Beirut, 1969

Beirut, 1969

Someone is about to learn not to mess with a Lebanese girl!

Riyadh El-Solh, Beirut, 1969

At Beirut International Airport, 1969

Beirut Souks, 1969

At the Saint George Hotel, 1969

Egyptian stars Abdel-Halim Hafez and Nadia Lutfi while shooting a film in Baalbek, 1969

Take also a look at what Lebanon looked like in the 1950s and the 1930s-1940s, or even further back in time at the very start of the 20th century!

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