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Registan Square. Photo by Muzaffar Bukhari - CC License

The Registan Square

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Registan means “Sandy place” in Persian. It was a public square, where people gathered to hear…

Photo Credits: Dave Morris - Creative Commons license.

Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fez, Morocco

The Al-Attarine Madrasa is a madrasa in Fez, Morocco, near the Al-Qarawiyyin. Built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said (r. 1310-1331) in 1323-5, the madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market.

Photo Credits: Prateek Rungta - CC License.

Bara Gumbad Complex, Delhi

Replete with intricate stucco inscriptions, the Bara Gumbad, or “big dome,” is a large domed structure grouped together with the Friday mosque of Nizam Khan Sikandar II (“Sikander Lodi”) (r. 1489-1517).

Karanaq, Yazd, Irán. Photo by Sergi Hill - CC License.

A pictorial tour of Yazd

Yazd, an  architecturally unique city.     Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazd

Photo © F.Bhatti (islamic-arts.org)

Badshahi Masjid Lahore

The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

Wooden Mosque, Ethiopia

Through the lens of Eric Lafforgue

Eric Lafforgue spends most of his time travelling the globe to share his encounters, through the perception of an ethnologist and the heart of an artist, privileging the regions or populations in danger…

Ayazama Mosque, Istanbul

Birdhouses of Turkey

Beautiful bird-houses can be spotted on the facade of a number of mosques in Turkey. The purpose of these charming bird houses was to provide refuge to birds and to protect them from…

A 19th century drawing by Pascal Coste of the Chahar Bagh Madrassah in Isfahan.

Architectural sketches by Pascal Coste

Xavier Pascal Coste (26 November 1787 – 8 February 1879) was a French architect, born in Marseille, France. Showing intellectual and artistic promise, Pascal began his studies in the studio of Penchaud, architect of the département…

Colorful (Šarena) mosque in Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia

Šarena Džamija Mosque

Šarena Džamija, (Turkish: Alaca Cami) meaning Decorated Mosque in English, is a mosque located near the Pena River in Tetovo, Macedonia. The mosque was originally built in 1438 and later rebuilt in 1833…

Shahi Mosque Chiniot. Photo copyrights - Nadeem Khawar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nadeemkhawar/)

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid (Badshahi Mosque) was built by Nawab Saad UlIah Khan (1595- 1655) during the regime of Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-58).

Phot by claudia yeh - Creative Commons License.

The Tomb of Etimad ud Doulah

Etimad-ud-Daula’s Tomb (Urdu: اعتماد الدولہ کا مقبرہ‎, I’timād-ud-Daulah kā Maqbara) is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as ‘jewel box’, sometimes called…

Lamp detail

Mosque lamp with cloisonné enamel decoration

As early as the 9th century, a large number of products were made in China for export to the Islamic world. Porcelain and textiles were the most important trade goods, but refined works…

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