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The Grand Serail
execution of the reconstruction and renovation of the monument, which occupies
21,480 sq. meters of land and is ornamented with Lebanese and oriental designs
and decorated with six hundred and three arches, took nine hundred workdays.
Thirty-four Lebanese architects and one thousand one hundred and fifty technicians
and workers renovated 39,700 sq. meters distributed into three floors, the
basement, and the attic situated under the brick roof.
The Grand Serail includes 430 rooms and chambers in addition to quarters for the maintenance and rooms for engines, services, and water tanks as well as bathrooms. The rooms are distributed in the following way: 85 rooms in the basement floor, 95 in the ground floor, 125 in the first floor and 125 in the second floor. The attic houses technical and mechanical services. The exterior and interior facades are decorated with two hundred and eighty two-lobed arches, one hundred and ninety-seven pointed arches, six rounded arches, eleven mandolin arches, and ninety-two pointed arcades. The facades have also huge gates and fifteen pointed lobed arches made of yellow limestone and have rectangular windows encased in white limestone. The gates are decorated with renovated and refurbished lamps..... ....
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49 and 85 ) lays down as follows:
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The punishment will be increased in the event of repetition.