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Municipality of Beirut (Beirut Governorate, Lebanon)

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[Municipality of Beirut (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 08 Jan 2010

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The municipal flag of Beirut – light blue with the city's coat of arms – is shown in a Flickr photo (caption: "Beirut Vice Mayor Tawfik Kfuri and Mayor Abdel Mounimariss present [...] Beirut flag"). The flag's coat of arms is slightly different from the standalone version; the background of the central compartment with the galley is an even lighter light blue (as opposed to the arms, where it is white.)

Eugene Ipavec, 08 Jan 2010

Coat of Arms

[Municipality of Beirut (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 08 Jan 2010

The Beirut coat of arms is a shield gules with a fess argent charged with a Phoenician galley with a horse-head prow and five oarsmen on rolling gold-edged blue waves, transporting a large open white book with inscriptions in Latin ("BERYTUS NUTRIX LEGUM") and Arabic (?). I understand that the book alludes to a prominent school of law established in Beirut during the Late Roman period. The shield is surmounted with a heavily stylized golden mural crown charged with the national cedar. This is basically identical to – albeit a handsomer rendition of – the municipal CoA as shown at Wikipedia, only there the upper red band bears the Arabic inscription "[something] Beirut," presumably "City of."

Eugene Ipavec, 08 Jan 2010

Erroneous or Former (?) Flag

[Erroneously Reported/Former (?) Flag, Municipality of Beirut (Lebanon)]
image from, 14 Jan 2007

This site has an image it identifies as the flag of Beirut municipality – white with arms in center.

Eugene Ipavec, 14 Jan 2007

Beirut Marathon Association

[Beirut Marathon Association (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 15 Jan 2008

Photos of the BMA flag can be seen here, on the organization's website.

Eugene Ipavec, 15 Jan 2008