Here are two artsy photos I took of Beirut's largest mosque, smack dab in the middle of the city. Funded and financed by Rafiq Hariri in 2002, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon assassinated in 2005, the mosque was inaugurated in 2008 by his son and heir, Saad. The former PM is buried beside it. There is also a very interesting billboard near Hamra, the mixed Christian-Muslim section of the city where Hariri's Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut are located, that counts the day since Hariri's '05 assassination in bold, red, digital numbers. I think the count is somewhere near 1357 now. I feel a bit uncertain of taking a photo of it. I'm sure I'll muster the courage sooner or later.
I took these photos below on an obscenely-early morning walk with my aunt Aline and cousin Melik. I like the tree. It's very tree-like. Specifically, I like the contrast between the minarets and the branches. I can't decide if the branches flow into the minarets, or the minarets flow into the branches. Either way, the mosque is absolutely gorgeous, and the domes are of the purest blues I have ever seen. The minarets are like rockets poised for takeoff, and the domes seem to link the blue of the sky and the Mediterranean.
It also took me an obscenely long time to load these pics because internet here is silly. Anyways, enjoy. More to come.