Beirut has seen countless civilizations, cultures, and religions.
Three of the most significant 'cultures' that have shaped this city are pictured below.
In the forefront, a Roman Pillar.
In mid-view, a church (Greek-Orthodox).
In the back, a mosque.
Their placement in the photo is also indicative (in my opinion) of their relative impact on the significance of Beirut.
Recordings from the satirical radio show by Ziad el Rahbani featured on the Sanaya (West Beirut) transmitter of Radio Lebanon during the early years of the civil war. (1975-78) These sketches are a series of courageous, forthright and candid views on various aspects of the war. Both dramatic and humorous, they are acutely perceptive and free of political inhibitions and as such tell the story of the war up until the Israeli invasion with little necessary supportive documentation.
The following are digitized from 8 tapes recorded in 1975 and 1976.