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Beirut - A biography and a tale (Part 1)

"O Beroe (Beirut), root of life, nurse of cities, the boast of princes..., twin sister of Time, coeval with the universe..., land of justice, land of laws ..., hall of lovers, star of the Lebanon country..."

Nonnus of Panopolis, AD 450

Our Beirut,

Many have tried to define you, but you eluded all definitions.

Many have tried to mold and discipline you, but you broke all molds, defied all rules.

A perennial city of many faces, many pasts and many presents.

"Constant yet changeable... always there, yet never twice the same." Robin Fedden

Our Beirut,

A music box whose characters once came to life as a kaleidoscope of sights and a medley of sounds, then simply forgot to stop.

A wise matriarch and a frivolous youth.

A biography and a tale.

A hub for reality and a field of dreams.

A glimpse to the past and a vision of the future.

A moment and an eternity.

A harmonious clash of the expected and unexpected, its deep roots anchored to the heart of humanity and its soul... from the beginning of times.

Our Beirut,

All of these and so much more...

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