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This beautiful multi-domed mosque was built by Emir Assaf bin Mansour al-Turkmani in 1580 AD on the site of the Byzantine church of the Holy Saviour. The mosque was also known as Mosquée du Sérail due to its proximity to the nonextant "seraglio" (palace) of Emir Fakhreddine II (the rebellious 16th century Druze leader under the Ottoman Empire). The few arches that have survived from the his palace were only recently uncovered at Place des Martyrs. Mosquée du Sérail is located opposite the Beirut Municipal Building in the Beirut Central District (downtown), and like other structures in this area, it suffered damage during the civil war, but has since been restored to its former glory.

Address: Rue Hussain el Ahdab / Rue Weygand
Directions: Downtown Beirut between Place des Martyrs and Place de l'Etoile

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