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Downtown, Beirut district

Built in 1853 by the Ottomans as military barracks, the building eventually served as the headquarters of the French governor during the French Mandate and has been the headquarters of the prime minister and the president of the council of ministers since Lebanon’s independence. It is situated on a hill in downtown Beirut, just a few blocks from the Lebanese Parliament and the Hamidiyyeh Clock Tower stands next to it. The Grand Serail complex also includes the Ottoman Military Hospital, a huge building built in 1860. It subsequently housed the Palace of Justice from the beginning of the French Mandate until the 1960's, and today it serves as the headquarters of the development and reconstruction council.