Beirut, with its million-plus inhabitants, conveys a sense of life and energy that is immediately apparent. A city with a venerable past, 5,000 years ago Beirut was a prosperous town on the Canaanite and Phoenician coast. The city is recovering very quickly from the ravages of the civil war. You will find some areas where old buildings have been knocked down to reveal parts of Roman columns and new excavations have begun. The city retains its charm, and many of the beautiful old buildings are being restored to their former glory.
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