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Cathedrale St Gregoire et St Elie des Armeniens Catholiques, located in downtown Beirut
People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Ahmad (Lebanon)

Although we had spent three nights in Beirut, we still hadn't seen anything of the centre, so we took the opportunity to discover Lebanon's capital on Thursday. The City is arguably one of the most raved places about in the Middle East and is known for its liberal attitudes (comparatively speaking), vibrant atmosphere and wild night life. Thus it was somewhere that i had always been eager to visit.

Our day began seated at a streetside cafe, drinking hot chocolate and watching the madness unfold, before we got knuckled down to some sightseeing. Downtown arguably holds the most interesting sights, with the Cathedrale St Gregoire et St Elie des Armeniens Catholiques and Mohammed al-Amin Mosque located within a block of each other.
House windows in Beirut
The Church was locked, but luckily the Mosque was open, so we took the chance to go inside and marvel at the ornate decorations.

Having taken a quick gander at the uninspiring Cardo Maximus ruins, we headed to the shore and walked beside the Mediterranean Sea for some time. Heading back into the built up area of the City, we stumbled upon the Sursock Museum, which was holding a modern art exhibition, so ventured in to peruse the varying works for an hour or so. From here we went to the American university of Beirut and walked around the pleasant gardens and looked in the mildly interesting Archaelogical Museum that is situted there. Our waking tour concluded at the Pigeon Rocks, which is a nice rock formation located just off the mainland.

Having arrived back at Ahmad's house, we ate Dinner together and then i took the opportunity to burn some photos to DVD.
Waves crash into shore, Beirut
Around 21.30 we went out together to go and meet up with some of his friends, and see the City by night. Somehow during the day we had missed the main area of downtown, which included the ruins of some Roman Baths, the Parliament Building, Clock Tower and a main pedestrian street. Whilst walking around, we saw something quite bizarre, which was a van ramming a car down the road. Presumably they didn't have a tow rope, so opted to just smash the vehicle down the street. I can't recall ever seeing anything like this before and i doubt i ever will again! We concluded the evening by going for a burger in an outdoor cafe and then returned home to bed.
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House windows in Beirut
House windows in Beirut
Waves crash into shore, Beirut
Waves crash into shore, Beirut
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located i…
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin M…
The interior of Mohammed al-Amin …
Church window, located in the Amer…
Church window, located in the Ame…
Church window, located in the Amer…
Church window, located in the Ame…
Sarcophagus under a palm tree, at …
Sarcophagus under a palm tree, at…
Pigeon rock in Beirut
Pigeon rock in Beirut
Sunset over the Pigeon rock in Bei…
Sunset over the Pigeon rock in Be…
Coastline of Beirut
Coastline of Beirut
Fisherman near Pigeon Rock, in Bei…
Fisherman near Pigeon Rock, in Be…
Beirut Coastline
Beirut Coastline
Beirut Coastline
Beirut Coastline
Waves crash into shore, Beirut
Waves crash into shore, Beirut
Beirut coastline
Beirut coastline
Ramlet al-Bayda beach in Beirut
Ramlet al-Bayda beach in Beirut
Ramlet al-Bayda beach in Beirut
Ramlet al-Bayda beach in Beirut
Clock Tower in downtown Beirut
Clock Tower in downtown Beirut
Church with Mohammed al-Amin Mosqu…
Church with Mohammed al-Amin Mosq…
Roman Baths in downtown Beirut
Roman Baths in downtown Beirut
Place dEtoile in downtown Beirut
Place d'Etoile in downtown Beirut
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located i…
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located …
Assassinated former President
Assassinated former President
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located i…
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located …
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located i…
Mohammed al-Amin Mosque, located …
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