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The story behind the Lebanese Mandaloun Window

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The Mandaloun is an element of the traditional architecture of Lebanon and the region that first appeared in the 17th-century

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Prince Fakhreddine II brought it with him all the way from Italy

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How did Fakhreddine bring it from Italy ?

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In 1608, prince Fakhreddine II of Lebanon concluded a secret economic and military alliance with the Grand Duke of Tuscany against the Ottoman hegemony

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Alarmed, the Ottomans dispatched the Muhafiz of Damascus to mount an attack on Lebanon in order to reduce Fakhreddine's growing power

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Fakhreddine chose to seek exile in Italy from 1613 until 1618 where he was hosted by Cosimo II de' Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany and stayed in the Palazzo Pitti 

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He was exposed to Florentine architecture particularly the "Biforas" that garnered the facades of the Florentine Renaissance palaces

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Friedrich Ragette, an author of a book on Lebanese architecture, indicates an Italian origin to the naming and links the term to the Italian Mandolino, a musical instrument in the lute family

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F.Ragette inferred that the Mandaloun's disposition and location was favorable to the instrument player, thus the naming

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References [Wikipedia - Wikimedia - F. Ragette]

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