Home Magazine Old Lebanon Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link The term ‘Mandaloun’ is of unknown origin and does not derive from any Arabic verbal root. @lb.heritageembedded via Some people believe it is from Italian origin and links to the Italian term ‘Mandolino’, a musical instrument of the flute family. @split.of.secondembedded via The theory indicates that the Mandaloun’s disposition and location were favorable for the instrument’s player thus the naming. @lebanese_international_comembedded via In 1608 prince Fakhreddine II of Lebanon concluded a secret economic and military alliance with the Grand Duke of Tuscany against the Ottoman rulers. @lb.heritageembedded via After the Ottoman found out about the prince’s move, he chose to seek exile in Italy from 1613 until 1618 before returning to Beirut. @lb.heritageembedded via During those 5 years, Fakhreddine was exposed to Florentine architecture particularly the bifores which are double arcades windows known in Lebanon as “Mandaloun”. @lb.heritageembedded via The mandaloun was built with local limestone and consists of a vertical, fine column forming a division between two units of a window. @lb.heritageembedded via The traditional mandaloun is always surmounted by a discharging arch and is often coupled with hanging flower boxes. @jadgghorayebembedded via Mandalouns were usually located in a prominent part of houses and palaces. @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via Even the Lebanese Parliament in Beirut displays Mandalouns as well as the Lebanese triple arcade. @suzana_trainer_travelerembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via Lebanese architecture is really a melting pot of various influences. From Italian to Ottoman and Greek, Lebanese buildings are rich in beautiful elements and structures in harmony. @lb.heritageembedded via @lb.heritageembedded via These mesmerizing architectural facades should be preserved in order to save our national heritage. Share on Facebook WhatsApp Donate Tweet Copy Link Support our independent media - contribute today! Become a Patron!