Source: BBC News
Rumours of the reconstruction of the city's historic Magen-Abraham Synagogue have been around for years but no one, it seems, could quite believe their eyes when the work actually began.
Regular outbreaks of fighting, most recently in 2006, and decades of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel have virtually obliterated Lebanon's once-thriving Jewish community.
Officially, the two countries have been in a state of war since the 1948 creation of Israel.
Jews began leaving Lebanon en masse in the late 1960s.
Those who stayed still keep an extremely low profile.