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Le Grand Serail

Rue des Capuchins, Beirut, Lebanon
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A beautiful old building

This building went through many lives: as far as I know, an army hospital at first; I knew it as... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
PadoukDesign
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San Francisco, California
Palace on the hill

This palace is a government complex and is located on top of the hill. It is walking distance to... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
kiltmaker2
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Evanston, Illinois
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The Grand Serail is the headquarters of government in Lebanon, i.e. the Prime Minister's Palace. For this reason, it is actually illegal to photograph the structure. Suprisingly, the concept of the Serail has come down from the Ottomans, rather than the French, as a saray is a palace. The structure was built up over the years, having been used as barracks by the Egyptians in the 1830s, then as a Garrison and, later, as a hospital by the Ottomans. The building was abandoned as a hospital and became a type of art gallery, before being used as the Governor's House by the French when they took control of Lebanon in 1918. After independence, the Serail was the Presidential Palace from 1943 to 1952 (currently the Presidential Palace is Qantari Palace), and it was finally converted into the Prime Minister's Residence in 1952 by Riad As-Solh.
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Rue des Capuchins, Beirut, Lebanon
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This building went through many lives: as far as I know, an army hospital at first; I knew it as part of the Lebanese University (Institute of Fine Arts); the Parliament building; and now a government office. Sadly, when I was there, access was guarded...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This palace is a government complex and is located on top of the hill. It is walking distance to other major attraction of Beirut.

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Reviewed 24 June 2017

This is the headquarter of the president of the government therefore unless you are meeting some official you won't be let in. But admiring it from the outside is possible. Although rebuilt by late prime minister Hariri, this is a historical ottoman building. Beautiful!

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Nothing really to see, all secured and closed. Many Lebanese pass by it on daily basis to going to work or school or shopping. It is very close to Beirut Soukd shopping area.

Thank Hiba D
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

this is the house of the Lebanese government, not a touristic place. I am not sure if they open it for tourists on special days.

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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

firstly it's the palace and the residential place for the prime minister of lebanon and the place of the government of lebanon,nice place especially after the big reconstruction in the 1990s by rafiq hariri,deserves a visit

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

A special thank you to Mr. Prime Minister Tammam Salam for the special suprise of receiving the class of CM2 from the Collège Protestant Français today at the Grand Serail where we made the historical tour of the serail and Mr. Abdul Sattar Ellaz gave...More

Thank Karim S
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Frustrating that one can only get a glimpse of this lovely Ottoman building because of security. So I cannot tell you anything about it.

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

Traditional building ; amazing place ; the surrounded are very old buildings and historical places was found next to it ; the ancien beirut is there ...; A place u should see it

Thank gioeliass
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Reviewed 2 March 2016

This impressive government headquarters is just opposite the Roman Baths. Entry is not permitted and it's surrounded with razor wire. Still, it's interesting to see.

Thank Saranger
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