I did as much as I can to share knowledge that I know and care about.”. Bourj Hammoud - Municipality Park - Beirut - Lebanon. It began in June and Shallagian said he hopes it will gain popularity soon. Visiting a new place could be stressful, unless if you have a local to tour you around the city, tell you a bit about its history, and walk with you through its art scene, culinary specialties, and cultural landmarks. Shallagian was born and raised in Bourj Hammoud. This dynamism has resulted in a number of puzzling paradoxes and some difficulties. So I said why not?” Shallagian said. It gave me a real taste of Armenian culture,” he said. “We can make any bag design,” boasted Coco as he put the finishing touches on a silver, beaded clutch at his small workshop along a narrow pedestrian alley. “Bourj Hammoud — Walking Tour with Street Food” takes place every Tuesday. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. The architecture of the church, which was renovated in 2006, is very similar to churches in Armenia,” Shallagian said. “The 2-hour march is meant to mark how our ancestors walked from Turkey to Lebanon fleeing the genocide,” Shallagian explained. It is home to large industry, but also to timeless handicrafts. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Mesrobian Armenian SchoolLearn about the Armenian alphabet, including how to write your name in Armenian. © 2020 Lonely Planet. I was taking them around and offering them Armenian dishes and one German friend told me I should do that as an official tour. All rights reserved. Familiarize with Basterma and Soujoukh, traditional Armenian street food.

Khatchkars are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art.Since 2010, khatchkars, their symbolism and craftsmanship are inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.Duration: 15 minutes. Bourj Hammoud is a place of prosperity, but also poverty. “Thanks to him we remained Christians; otherwise we would have been forced to convert to Islam.

A couple of blocks further down, Filipina women squat in front of baskets of dried fish for sale, while many Lebanese-Armenian residents spend the day at home with friends and family. St Vartan’s Armenian Cathedral is the biggest of some ten churches in Bourj Hammoud.

South Asian migrant workers celebrate the birthday of an Indian independence hero in a makeshift banquet hall, while across the intersection, Syrian refugees sip coffee. Every corner has a story to tell. “I do feel it is something I would not have found for myself. Entry/Admission - Tenbelian’s spices & co. Food tasting is featured in authentic bakeries and restaurants, such as the Tahinov Hatz, a sweet pastry offered for breakfast and lahmajoon, the Armenian meat pie. Participants will learn about the history and demography of the city, take a group photo, and hit the streets for the rest of the experience. It is home to large industry, but also to timeless handicrafts. “When they arrived here, our ancestors learned new skills and made a living by working in gold. While first-generation Armenians could hardly speak any Arabic, young Armenians learn Arabic at school in addition to Armenian, French and English. They also worked with leather, making shoes and bags and the women did embroidery, anything to bring food to the table,” Shallagian said. With a population of 15,000 Armenians, Bourj Hammoud is viewed as a little Armenia in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Stop At: Hamazkayin Art GalleryThis is an art gallery that houses statues and paintings by artists from Lebanon and Armenia. I am a local guy who likes to share what he loves about his city. Participants will also see a Khatchkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone. His love for his neighbourhood and his passion for the Armenian culture inspired him to work on this project to promote his culture and background.

Walk with us to discover Beirut’s diversity. Communal tensions between Syrian refugees and Lebanese Armenians have at times boiled over into violence.

Some of the narrow streets where flags of the Armenian revolutionary party, Tashnak, hang next to Armenian and Lebanese flags, have been renovated with donations from wealthy Armenians and foreign governments.

A memorial to the Armenian genocide, a small replica of a memorial stone in Yerevan, Armenia, stands in the heart of Bourj Hammoud. A Khatchkar is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. “Armenians arrived in Lebanon in 1917. Beirut, Lebanon – It is Sunday afternoon, and Beirut’s traffic-choked Dora roundabout is bustling with activity. Meanwhile, the first hints of gentrification are beginning to show, with the neighbourhood starting to be considered hip by Beirut’s young creative crowd. It began in June and Shallagian said he hopes it will gain popularity soon. All rights reserved. I want emails from Lonely Planet with travel and product information, promotions, advertisements, third-party offers, and surveys. Food tasting is also featured in authentic bakeries and restaurants, such as the Tahinov Hatz, a sweet pastry offered for breakfast; lahmajoon, the Armenian meat pie; and the famous Armenian sausage sujuk. In Pictures: Ferocious Typhoon Molave smashes through Vietnam, In Pictures: Civilians killed in attack near Nagorno-Karabakh, In Pictures: Knife attack at church in Nice, In Pictures: Tension grips Philadelphia for second night, Canada aims to bring in over 1.2 million immigrants over 3 years. © 2015-2020 The Arab Weekly. You can do your spice and dried fruit shopping as you please.

It was named after an Armenian leader who fought against the Persians in the fifth century. They walked from Turkey to Syria and Lebanon and settled in refugee camps in the outskirts of Beirut. “I never studied to be a tour guide. We aim to provide a professional service with interesting insights – and some humor!Bourj Hammoud on Foot is Route on Foot’s first featured city. A view of the St Vartan’s Armenian Cathedral.

Gary Walsh, an Australian participant, commented on the tour: “I did not know what to expect but I really came away with lots of appreciation and knowledge of what it means to be Armenian in Lebanon.”. The tour includes churches and workshops famous for producing shoes, bags and ready-to-wear clothes. Walk with us to discover Beirut’s diversity. “Bourj Hammoud — Walking Tour with Street Food” takes place every Tuesday. As it chronicles blast on TV, ‘Beirut 6:07’ divides the Lebanese, Scottish adventurer undertakes discovery trek across Morocco, Record-setting ‘Bab Al Hara’ prepares for eleventh season. The street is full of little shops that sell jewelry, clothes, shoes, and food. (Living Lebanon).

Nearly a century after it was established as a refuge for Armenians fleeing the horrors of World War I, Bourj Hammoud continues to be a place for newcomers and the downtrodden to begin new lives. The Bourj-Hammoud municipality is part of the Matn Cadaa, which is part of the Mount-Lebanon Mouhafaza that surrounds Beirut City. BEIRUT - Walking through the modest alleyways of Bourj Hammoud takes visitors to a small replica of Armenia in the heart of Beirut. “We also design and produce bags for a local brand ‘la Rose de Sym,’ all handmade.”. Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Basterma ManoWalk through the main Armenia street that connects Beirut to Mount Lebanon. Roaming the streets of Bourj Hammoud and interacting with residents offer visitors an insight into Armenian culture and traditions that Lebanon’s Armenian community of some 50,000 have maintained and preserved for more than a century. Each April, Armenians commemorate the genocide by marching from Bourj Hammoud to the Armenian patriarchate in Antelias, north of Beirut. “Since I work in Living Lebanon (a platform on travel and tourism in Lebanon), I have a lot of foreign friends coming here who wanted to know about Bourj Hammoud.

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