Stairs are the link between the street and home public and private life. They are built with a fine hand, carved stones. Most of the time, they have a bannister made of wood or wrought iron. But it may happen that the stairs are only edged with blind walls leading to the upper floors. Light enters the stairs through the square patch of sky seen over the patio or some openings made to this effect in the walls of the façade. They may also be plunged into darkness; it is then by feeling one’s way that one climbs the stairs. However they may be, the stairs always lead to one or several doors on the same or on different floors. The doors are identical. They are made of solid wood painted in blue, white, or green. It is not uncommon to see one or several handprints on the leaves to protect the house from the evil eye.
Had those rare windows facing the street not framed the face of a youth or revealed some washing hung up to dry, no one would suspect the life existing behind those rampart-like walls. The windows have shutters but rarely musharabiehs. Sometimes, a wrought-iron railing protects them. Less frequent is the painted stained-glass which decorates the curved mouldings of some bay windows. The latter doesn’t give onto the street, but onto well-tended small gardens.
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