Ablaq is an architectural style in which the building walls consist of alternating horizontal lines in black and white. This style had emerged in Syria with the coming of the Mamluks. The palace of Baibars in Damascus was the first manifestation of this architectural style. It is demolished later. Then, this style was used in Homs where the black Basalt rocks were available along with limestone in the nearby mountains. The new architecture was much appreciated there until it became a distinctive characteristic of Homs architecture.
Text: Nidaa Dandachi