The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Qadisha valley and Mount Lebanon are covered by snow after storms hit Lebanon and neighbouring Syria. In recent days the area has been hit by a prolonged patch of severe weather.
Visitors attend a rare exhibition at the site designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in a desperate call to save it from ruin. Behind the sea in Lebanon’s Tripoli, giant curves of concrete stand testimony to dreams before the civil war, etchings of an exhibition park never finished but already cracking.
Rawad Kurdi is among several thousand Syrians making an emotional journey home from Lebanon, where they sought safety from the war that has ravaged their native country since 2011. Worn down by tough economic conditions in Lebanon and seeing regime victories back home as bringing stability, they have taken advantage of return trips coordinated by Lebanese and Syrian authorities.
Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s red carpet-ready collection, shown in Paris, was influenced by Catalonia and Gaudi. (Jul 4)
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