With the world moving forwards, it seems that Lebanese often live in the past of the once brilliant golden days. Bogged down by wars and political corruption, Lebanese can only dream of better days.
Today’s young generation has what’s left of a vibrant booming past scattered in pieces around Lebanon – most of which were destroyed or halted due to war.
Abandoned railways, train stations, hotels, an unfinished aquarium, and more, all stand haunted with ghosts of an advanced past that are begging to come to life once again.
Don’t let the old fashion clothes deceive you, these people had a much more advanced experience of Lebanon when it was regarded as ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’ and when Beirut was ‘Paris of the Middle East’.
The Lebanese had tramways in the 30s, possibly even before!
During 1957 -1974, “the Lebanese pound appreciated by about 35 percent against the U.S. dollar, and the maximum monthly increase and decrease in the LL/US$ exchange rate were both limited to about 6 percent,” according to an IMF report.