The city's first mention in history is in ancient Egyptian documents dating to 15th Century BC, making Beirut one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.
After being severely impacted by the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut has been largely rebuilt.
People Born in Beirut
Beirut in People's Lives
Agatha Christie: I visited here with my husband in the 1930's.
Gustave Flaubert: I traveled here in 1850, at the age of 28. While consorting with Lebanese prostitutes here, I contracted syphilis. While here, I engaged in sexual activity with both male and female prostitutes.