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Grand Jamia Masjid, Bahria Town Lahore

Grand Jamia Masjid, Bahria Town Lahore

Designed using the Indo-Islamic spirit of construction, with the center of its inspiration driven by “Lahori” construction traditions, it maintains the true essence of Islamic spirit incorporated with modern elements. Holding the tittle of being the world’s 7th largest mosque it has the capacity to accommodate 70,000 worshippers.

Inside Masjid Wazir Khan
Photo credits: intricateworks.com

Masjid Wazir Khan – Revisited

As part of our quest to find a portable point and shoot camera for our photo essays, we decided to test out the Fuji X10 by revisiting our favorite spot in Lahore –…

Inside the Naulakha Pavilion. Photo by Islamic-arts.org

The Naulakha Pavilion

The Naulakha Pavilion, so named for the mystical number nine and for the nine lakhs of rupees it took to build it, is a small white marble building, with a large arched entrance and an extraordinary curved, convex roof.

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.

Baku - arabesque in stone

Baku – Arabesque in stone

Stone decoration of Baku architecture is superb. It is here when ancient craft of stone carving serves Islamic art showing the great level of craftsmanship and an elegance of artistic expression.

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

The Khwaju Bridge, from Pascal Coste,  Les Monuments modernes de la Perse (1867) . The central feature, set on a wider footing, helped the bridge to resist the pressure of the water.

Bridges of Isfahan

Isfahan grew up next to the Zayandeh Rud, which feeds the oasis where people had first settled in prehistoric times. To carry the line of the Chahar Bagh across the river, Shah ‘Abbas…

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…

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