The story behind the Lebanese Mandaloun Window

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

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

How did Fakhreddine bring it from Italy ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

References [Wikipedia - Wikimedia - F. Ragette]

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