a fusion style


1954, Lebanon
Courtyard view of palace in Beit ed-Dine

This is not ancient, but early modern and still in use (after restoration, it is used for the president’s summer office). It was completed in the early 19th century, in a style of fusion between Arab and Italian Baroque architecture. You can see how the cloister ceiling is made – it looks like timber with some kind of rope to tie it up. The stripe patterns are made by different coloured stones.