More from the book, still without text, so don't worry if it looks a little empty, it's not complete until the text's been added. Here we arrive at the palace, whose grand architecture is in fact simply the piecing together of simple basic plans (the central hall, liwan and gallery plans), not all of which I have posted.
This would be the outer facade. Homes, churches and palaces used small doors as above because abusive Arab and Ottoman officers made a habit of barging in on horseback.
The alternation of light and dark bands of stone is, if I remember well, of Mamluk origin and called ablaq.