The Grand Serail - The Headquarters of the Lebanese Government

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The Grand Serail followed the architectural design epitomizing the new Ottoman military organization known as the “New Order” (niẓām cedīd). Its elevated location and austere façade copied the Selimiye Barracks in Istanbul. The finished structure consisted of two tall floors with the longer façade spreading over 80 metres (260 ft). The eastern façade is adorned by an arcaded protruding portico flanked by two symmetrical wings each divided by three rows of 16 windows. The monumentality of the building was further emphasized in 1861 when the military hospital was constructed. Particularly hit during the civil war, the Serail was a scarred site at the end of the hostilities. Its renovation to its present state of grandeur is a symbol of the vision and challenge involved in the BCD reconstruction. Restoration was completed in 900 work days in 1998.

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Mehrdad - HQPs Group on February 24, 2012

Dear Ali

That's beautiful job. Nicely composed and well captured. Like - 1

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Faris Al Orfali on February 25, 2012

L 2

رائع وجميل

هلة بالحبيب العزيز

هلة بالغائب عنا

لقد نورت صفحاتنا

senmax on February 25, 2012

Very nice. Like.

F. Campayo - VIEWS,… on March 4, 2012

Hi Ali, for personal reasons will stay away from these pages PANORAMIO in the coming days.

I see your latest photos and I ++LIKE**.

Greetings. F. Campayo

mustafa taşkın on April 13, 2012

Beautiful composition! Wonderful colors! LIKE. Greetings

Səməd on April 21, 2012

Imposing view! I liked.

Peter Dubél on May 16, 2012

The photo's of rohit kushwah 18 are almost all stolen / Copied from wallpaper sites and National Geographic and other sites. And then put his name on it and installed the camera data block. Look at the locations of the photos the are not correct. The photos are taken simultaneously at locations around the world. I do not think this young man from India with his motorbike has flown around the world to take all this pictures. This is another example of someone who steals photo's of other people / institutions. Block his goup (best hd interception rohit walls)

Sabit Tagiyev on June 10, 2012


Very nice

Greetings from Azerbaijan

caxaco on June 14, 2012

Muy bellas fotos, gracias por aceptarme en el grupo

zaro1965 on June 16, 2012

Beautiful view, Like10!

Best wishes, Zaro

Mircea_RAICU on August 5, 2012


Omar Gobbi on August 21, 2012

very beautiful capture, <LIKE>, a cordial greeting from Argentina. "Omar"

Victor “Afrocan” GIL… on December 30, 2012

Happy new year my friend, best wishes in 2013, Víctor

Adem Dogan on January 13, 2013

Very Class Image Composition. LIKE 15

Best Wishes. Adem Dogan

Kalev Vask on May 26, 2013

Nicely taken, great colors and composition like
With best wishes, Kalev

RezaSamami on November 26, 2013

Nice shot !

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 24, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ali Shaib
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H70
    • Taken on 2012/02/16 13:38:46
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 4.25mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash