Beirut (Arabic: بيروت‎, Bayrūt) is the caipital an lairgest ceety o Lebanon wi a population rangin frae some 1 million tae ower 2 million as o 2007. Locatit on a peninsulae at the midpoint o Lebanon's coastline wi the Mediterranean sea, it serves as the kintra's lairgest an main seaport, an an' a' forms the Beirut Metropolitan Aurie, which consists o the ceety an its suburbs. The first mention o this metropolis is foond in the ancient Egyptian Tell el Amarna letters, datin tae the 15t century BC, an the ceety haes been continuously inhabitit syne.


بيروت Bayrūt

Beyrouth (French)
Banner o Beirut
Offeecial seal o Beirut
Beirut is locatit in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon. The surroondin destrict can be seen on the map.
Coordinates: 33°53′13″N 35°30′47″E / 33.88694°N 35.51306°E / 33.88694; 35.51306
GovrenorateBeirut, Caipital Ceety
 • MayorBilal Hamad
 • Ceety20 km2 (8 sq mi)
 • Urban
100 km2 (40 sq mi)
 • Metro
200 km2 (80 sq mi)
 • Ceety750,000
 • Urban
 • Metro
2,250,000 ~ 3,000,000
Time zone+2
 • Summer (DST)+3
WabsteidCeety o Beirut

Beirut haulds Lebanon's seat o govrenment, an plays a central role in the Lebanese economy wi its ceety centre, Hamra, Verdun, an Ashrafieh-based corporate firms an banks. The ceety is the focal point o the kintra's cultural life, renouned for its press, theatres, cultural activities, an nichtlife. Efter the destructive Lebanese ceevil war, Beirut unnerwent major reconstruction,[1][2][3] an the redesigned historic ceety centre, marina, pubs an nichtlife destricts hae ance again rendered it a tourist attraction. Beirut wis named the top place tae visit in 2009 bi The New York Times.[4] It wis an aa leetit as ane o the ten liveliest ceeties in the warld bi Lonely Planet in 2009.[5]

Internaitional relationsEedit

Twin touns – Sister ceetiesEedit

Beirut is twinned wi:


  1. Reconstruction of Beirut, Macalester College
  2. Lebanon's Reconstruction: A Work in Progress, VOA News
  3. Beirut: Between Memory and Desire, Worldview
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