It's two different worlds.

I didn't know of any under-the-street passageways in Beirut until I wandered my way into this one the other day.


  1. Nice that you can get out and wander (freely).
    It's fun discovering new things like that.

  2. Really! I find that astounding. Beirut must be on fairly level land, and built outwards not upwards.

    Re your comment on my Potts Point post. When I saw your name come up, I realised how similar some of these images are to what you post. Similar but different.

    On the topic of evolving down at the 'hood level. I was wandering in a back alley the other day, looking at your sort of wall, when I noticed that the alley was called Stream St. Now THAT took me back 200 years, to the underlaying landform of that back alley. A post coming up soon on this consciousness of the landform and the past influencing the present.

  3. Hi Dina! Yes, I'm convinced that Beirut is best viewed on foot, and thankfully there are only a few places I'd best avoid.

    Julie, the topography of Beirut is actually very hilly. I sometimes have the impression that it froze in the act of tumbling down towards the sea. In any case, there seem to be relatively few elevated motorways where passages beneath them (such as this one) are a necessity.

    I love that remnants of the past survive in these urban spaces, and I'm glad that the history of your city isn't a mystery.