Vintage block

For those of us who grew up after the civil war, it’s hard to imagine what Beirut once looked like. But lost among the skyscrapers, you can spot a bit of the old city if you look close enough.

These buildings on Sidani street, near Jeanne D’Arc, are barely noticeable from the street and serve as a car park.

All are abandoned and in pretty bad shape:

The front door was open and it looks like squatters had been here:

Judging by all the skyscrapers coming up around them, these buildings probably won’t be around much longer. A fleeting look at a past that is probably too painful for many to remember.