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Address: Rue des Capuchins, Beirut, Lebanon
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The Grand Serail is the headquarters of government in Lebanon, i.e. the...

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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nice place

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Baghdad, Iraq
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a briefing about the constituion and different branches of the goverement.

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Thank Karim S
Beirut, Lebanon
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1 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank ceciclark
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Saranger
Mumbai, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

The Government Palace is a historic building, the most important of three Ottoman monuments on the Serail hill. Could be difficult to find as the coordinates arent accurate on Google. Entrance was also blocked in February 2016 but I was lucky to be part of a tour and the guides managed to talk us inside

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Thank Clarence_Aarav
Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

Le Grand Serail is the Cabinet headquarters. it's not open for public but the beauty of its architecture can tell about the solid history of Lebanon

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

The building is nice to see...but nowadays its very hard to get to! So while your in down town Beirut, you may want to see the building from far-that as close as you will get ;-)

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Thank georgetoutounji
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

as I was joining an official delegation, I had the opportunity to visit Le Grand Serail. Superb ottoman building, great inside traditional decoration. Impressive courtyard with a fountain and olive trees that are over 1000 years old. If you have the opportunity to visit it, do so.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

beautiful old building overlooking the ancient Roman baths, right in the middle of downtown and its restaurants, up the street from the bustling SOUKS shopping area.

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