Beirut: An Art Lovers' Guide

Beirut: An Art Lovers' Guide

Series 2



Next stop on the Art Lovers’ carefully chosen itinerary is Beirut. The Lebanese capital has a rich cultural tradition and, rising from the ashes of a 15-year civil war, the city is once again a cosmopolitan centre.

Our enthusiastic experts, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke, travel by cable car to a modern Christian cathedral, while Ramirez explores the remarkable, 800-year-old mosque at the heart of the city.

Beirut’s troubles are never far away – in the bullet-ridden house that’s now a memorial or the tribute of a street artist – but art and architecture are now looking to the future, while the dazzling nightlife draws visitors from around the world.


Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore the capital of Lebanon, which has rebuilt its reputation as a cosmopolitan city since the ending of the country's civil war. Their journey takes them up into the surrounding mountains by cable car to a modern Christian cathedra, while in the heart of Beirut, Janina is welcomed into an 800-year-old mosque that was once a cathedral built by Crusaders.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Alastair Sooke
Presenter Janina Ramirez
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Producer Steve O'Hagan
Series Producer Matthew Springford
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