Often called “Paris of the Middle East”, Beirut is a thriving hotspot for shopping, socializing and sightseeing, despite many wars and unrest. The city has been rebuilt several times, with modern architecture sharing space with Ottoman and colonial French buildings. Bustling streets such as Hamra and Ashrafieh provide hopping nightlife while the National Museum and the Gibran Museum give visitors a taste of the city’s history. The Corniche is the place for activities like jogging and biking.
Bernard Weber, who gave us the “seven wonders of the world,” a project that had a global success in 2007. Now he is coming back with a new project presented in December via the 7 Wonders Cities of the World via the “New Seven Wonders Foundation”.
Initially, more than 1,200 cities and over 220 States have applied. Then, 300 were shortlisted and 77 were selected then 28 are designated semifinalists and 14 finalists. The selected cities attract attention by their diversity, remarkable regional geography and urban culture.
Not less than one hundred million votes have contributed to the designation of the finlist – what can be considered as a true global democratic success!
Here is our series of the 7 Wonders cities a series of eight posts, the first will present the 7 cities.
Durban (South africa)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaisia)
La Paz (Bolivia)