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“From outside, looks amazing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Le Grand Serail

Le Grand Serail
Rue des Capuchins, Beirut, Lebanon
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Ranked #37 of 87 things to do in Beirut
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Owner description: 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.
Tripoli, Lebanon
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“From outside, looks amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Entrance is not allowed for any one. The whole area is surrounded by military and police everywhere, with many roads access not allowed for even pedestrians!
From outside, the building looks very elegant, amazing, big, and beautiful.
In front of it is the Rafik el Harriri Statue (one of the 2 statues), with a nice fountain.

Visited July 2013
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beirut
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“historical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

it is one historical place of the city of beirut, you would love to see the near buy churche and ruines. in addition its just in the down town, the building itself is old and nice

Visited May 2013
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“Nice Architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Le Grand Sérail is mainly a government building, it is the seat of the Prime Minister. So access is limited. But from outside the building is beautiful with lots of windows and arcades. Also you have the Roman Baths and beautiful stairs just in front of the main facade of the building where you can wander and enjoy some historical ruins in a relaxed setting.

Visited March 2013
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“structured /useful architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Historical-Ottoman Style-Holistic architecture with various important functions spread in a very practical way

Visited June 2012
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