Medieval Times Architecture

  1. All About Japanese Architecture

    All about Japanese architecture and examples of Japanese architecture. We will discuss Japanese architecture houses, Japanese architecture Jomon art, and traditional Japanese architecture history. And we will answer questions like where did Japanese architecture originated ?

    Architectural Imagery for a Class-Structured State in Japan c.1500 – c.1890


  2. Chinese Architecture History, Beijing

    From around 1400 to 1750, Beijing was structured along hereditary class lines, and its architecture was a reflection of that. In fact, many of Beijing’s most famous architectural and cultural sites were built for the sole purpose of promoting and sustaining those class lines.


  3. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore

    Badshahi Masjid in Lahore

    The Badshahi Mosque is located in Lahore, and, unlike most mosques of its time, took a relatively short span of years to complete. The sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ordered the mosque’s creation in 1671, and, despite its intricate design, it was completed just two years later in 1673.

    Aurangzeb as Emperor

    Like many leaders of his day, Emperor Aurangzeb held his post for many years—49 of them to be exact. He was named emperor in 1658 and did not give up the post until he died in 1707.


  4. History and Design of Taj Mahal, Agra

    taj mahal photo

    The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum in Agra, India. It is one of the most famous and well known sites in all of India and is often referred to as “the jewel of Muslim art” and the “crown of palaces.” While the site is widely known and appreciated throughout India, its fame spreads throughout the rest of the world as well.


  5. Blue Mosque (Ahmediye) Istanbul

    Blue Mosque (Ahmediye) Istanbul

    The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the most popular mosques in Istanbul, though most people do not know it by that name. The vast majority of people, instead, refer to it as the “Blue Mosque” because the interior is decorated with unique blue tiles.

    The mosque was completed in 1616. Despite its completion date, however, it was actually started in 1609, taking years to fully construct.
    During the period in which the mosque was built, Ahmed I was the Sultan.

    Ahmed I


  6. Süleymaniye Mosque, Turkey

    Süleymaniye Mosque Interior

    The Süleymaniye Mosque is located in Istanbul, Turkey, where it is still, to this day, the largest mosque in the city. Sultan Süleyman, also known as Süleyman the Magnificent, commissioned the moss in 1550. It was a massive undertaking, however, and was not completed until 1558.
    Sultan Süleyman


  7. Dome of Soltaniyeh, Iran

    Soltanieh Dome 1

    An Ancient Structure

    Soltaniyeh is a city in Iran that is dotted with ancient ruins. The most significant and impressive of these ruins, however, is the Dome of Soltaniyeh. The Dome, which is also sometimes referred to as the Mausoleum of Il-khan Öljeitü aka Muhammad Khodabandeh,  was even more impressive when it was first completed all the way back in 1312 AD.


  8. King's College, Cambridge

    King’s College, affiliated with the University of Cambridge, is a prestigious college that first opened its doors in 1441. At the time of its inception, the school’s formal name was the King’s College of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge.

    The college was the pet project of Henry VI. Henry had already successfully formed a college in Eton. While he had grand plans for what would come to be known as King’s College, the project got off to a rocky start. The Wars of the Roses began, and there was not much money to devote to the institution.


  9. Ibn Tulun’s Mosque, Cairo

    Ibn Tulun’s Mosque, Cairo Image 1

    A Quick Turnaround

    Ibn Tulun’s mosque is the largest (and some would say most impressive) mosque in Cairo, Egypt. It’s so large and impressive, in fact, that one would think it took many, many years for the ancient builders to complete. However, according to al-Maqrizi, an ancient Egyptian historian who specialized in the Ismaili Fatmid dynasty, completion of the mosque took only three years. The historian reported that construction began in 876 AD and was completed in 879 AD. The mosque itself bears an inscription that confirms 879 as the completion year.


  10. Dome of the Rock

    An Ancient Monument

    The Dome of the Rock is located in Jerusalem. It was built in 691 CE, but despite its ancient age, it is still a building that holds special meaning for many people today. The Dome is actually a shrine and features a special rock, known as the “Foundation Stone,” at its center. This foundation stone, also sometimes referred to as the “pierced stone,” holds special significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

    Building the Dome of the Rock


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