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The Many Pleasures of Beirut

With 5,000 years of history behind it, Lebanon’s capital is a city of contradictions. Downtown, mosques and colonial remnants sparkle, while across the city bullet holes and other reminders of the country’s civil war scar the facades of run-down buildings. Elsewhere, young, hip neighborhoods host parties until the wee hours and ethnic communities are filled with restaurants and coffee shops.

(Beirut is also mentioned in “The Perfect 100”, another slide show in Newsweek/Galleries of 10 classic attractions in 10 world-class cities.)

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