Where Do Swans Come from ? 
Along The Beirut River 

The Beirut river forms the boundary between the Christian and Armenian areas.

It runs East to West and a legend recounts that Saint George slew the dragon at the mouth of the river. 

The upper valley is one of the most important bird migration area but once it reaches the capital, it becomes laden by sewage and pollution from the slaughterhouses along its banks.



 

Beirut River in July

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The largest influx of Armenians arrived in Beirut following the Genocide in 1915 by the Ottoman Turks although there has been an Armenian presence since before Christ.

Many would settle near the Beirut river in either the Karantina district or an area that would become known as ‘Little Armenia’ with streets that bear the name of  Armenian cities, mountains or rivers such as Yerevan, Ararat and Arax.

Following the civil war, the community lost a huge portion of its population to emigration.


Inside Avo's Coffee-Shop

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Vana

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Old TV Set

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Migrant Bird

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Vintage Postcard of Martyr's Square

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Abandoned House

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Electrical Plant in Bourj-Hammoud, Armenian Neighbourhood

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Forum Centre of Beirut

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The Forum Conference Centre was built on the site of the Karantina Massacre, which occurred in January 1976. Muslims, Kurds and Syrians inhabited this slum district. Although this massacre occurred well before any of these youths were born, it remains as one of the most traumatic event of the civil war in collective memory.

Michel

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Carole

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Consulting Room

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Karantina State Hospital

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Talar

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Two Trees 

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Damaged Wall

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Children's Party 

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Two Men on Jettee

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Shop Window

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Migrant Bird 

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View of Bay with Pine Trees

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Wall-Display Example

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