Over the last several years Beirut has been known to have gone through many cultural changes. This has been due in part because of Beirut’s longstanding history with a variety of civilizations. In many parts of Beirut culture, there are still roots that primarily come from the ancient people of the city who were considered to be the city’s first settlers.
In fact, in many instances, Roman influence has been found throughout the city.
Despite the Roman influence, Beirut continues to be most commonly known for being the first law school in the world. Anytime you encounter a Lebanese person from Beirut they are guaranteed to boast about this local law school which continues to be a very prominent landmark in their society.
Today in modern day Beirut, it is a city that shows just how diverse the people and religions of Lebanon are. Many of the citizens in Beirut are both Muslim and Christian and in many parts of the cities, you will be surprised to find many churches and mosques literally side by side. Additionally, many churches and mosques are so in sync with one another that if you are standing outside of the church or mosque when their bells ring you will hear both locations ringing bells in unison.
Throughout history, Ottoman Turks have also impacted the region of Beirut but it did not stop the from the French making their impact on the country. Currently, the two most common languages spoken in the country are both French and English and quite a few people also speak Arabic. Because of these many people in Beirut are trilingual(meaning they speak three languages fluently).
Despite its rich culture, over the last several years Beirut has still struggled to reach a higher status within the world. This could be in part due to the fact that the city has been destroyed and then rebuilt at least seven times if not more over the last 5,000 years thanks to wars, earthquakes and a host of other natural disasters.
Many philosophers believe that the reason why Beirut has been able to withstand so many hard situations is because they have a strong will to survive because many other countries have allowed destruction to tear them down. Beirut has amazingly done the complete opposite, they’ve used destruction to keep propelling them forward in amazing ways.
Despite all of the natural disasters that have occurred, the natural beauty of Beirut has continued to bring in thousands of tourists every year. It’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and also the Lebanon Mountain’s have made it that much easier for people to be able to enjoy a variety of activities when traveling to Beirut including the beach and even perhaps a random ski trip.
Beirut literally has something for everybody whether you are touring or looking for a place to simply study and expand your horizons. Beirut is sure to give you everything you need and is guaranteed to have you wanting to return for more.