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Beirut is a city that has undergone many cultural changes and progressions throughout its long history because of its contact with so many civilizations. There are parts of the culture that still have roots with the ancient peoples who first settled in the city. There are also signs of Roman influence, however. Afterall, the first law school in the world is said to have been in Beirut, and the Lebanese people are very proud of this. Today, Beirut is a city that reflects the religious diversity of Lebanon, as its citizens are of both Muslim and Christian denominations. Throughout the city you will find mosques and churches side by side, and will often hear the Muslim call to prayer and church bells ringing in unison. Although the Ottoman Turks also deeply impacted the region, the French also left their mark on the area. French is a widely understood language, and almost all Lebanese people are trilingual and speak Arabic, English and French equally well. A language barrier between foreign visitors and Beirutis is non-existant. Another big part of the culture of Beirut has been struggle and hardship. The city has been destroyed and rebuilt seven times in its 5,000-year-history through earthquakes and wars, and because of that the people in the city have a strong will to survive and move on. The party scene in Beirut is famous for its all-night parties and fun-loving people. There are hundreds of pubs and night clubs around Beirut, especially in Gemmayze and Monot streets, which are active almost every day of the week, but especially from Thursdays to Sundays.
The natural beauty of Beirut has also been a major factor for its popularity all over the world, with the Mediterranean Sea surrounding the city and also the proximity of Lebanon's mountains, which allows people to go to the beach and ski on a Spring day. Overall, Beirut is a must-visit city and anyone who has been there has fallen in love with the diversity of its culture, the richness of its history and the welcoming and fun-loving nature of its people.