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Address: Rue des Capuchins, Beirut, Lebanon

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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Lebanese governmental

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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Beirut, Lebanon
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67 reviews
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Reviewed today NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Richard A
Baghdad, Iraq
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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

Thank winstoncraven
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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 a briefing about the constituion and different branches of the goverement.

Thank Karim S
Beirut, Lebanon
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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.

Thank ceciclark
Paris, France
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 918 helpful votes
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
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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

Thank Clarence_Aarav
Beirut, Lebanon
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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

Thank Garbo58
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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 ;-)

Thank georgetoutounji

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