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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…

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.

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…

Dar al Hajar

Dar al Hajar – The Rock House

There are a fair number of countries which can be identified by a single iconic landmark. When one thinks of France, the image of the Eiffel Tower often comes to mind. Dar al…

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The Morrocan Pavillian in Putrajaya, Malaysia

In recreating the Moroccan ambience for the contemporary scene, the Astaka Morocco, set to become a prominent landmark in Putrajaya, showcases the unique Moroccan and Moorish architecture, which is incidentally believed to be first of its kind in the ASEAN region.Development of the Astaka Morocco is an idea mooted by the Malaysian Government. Construction of the building symbolizes the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries especially with its people and culture.

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The Ornate Alhambra

A pictorial tour of the intricate and ornate architecture of Alhambra.

Imam Mosque, Isfahan

Walls of Isfahan

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Jameh Mosque, Yazd

Walls of Yazd, Iran

Yazd is of foremost importance as a centre of fine Persian mosaics and beautiful architecture. The Yazd walls demonstrate a visual continuity in color, scale and form with the built fabric of the…

Kasbah of Telouet

Kasbah of Telouet

The Kasbah, architecturally speaking, are imposing buildings with a square base and towers that rise above the height of the perimeter walls. The kasbah are composed of bricks made of clay mixed with water…

The intricate marble and stone facade of Qa'it Bay sabil.

Qa’it Bay Sabil in Cairo

The splendor of Cairo’s sabils probably reached its height with that of the illustrious Sultan Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay, who ruled from 1468 to 1496. Very large for a sabil, Qa’it Bay’s…

The House of Wisdom Baghdad

From Cuneiform to Topkapi

In the Islamic world, where reading and literacy have always been highly prized for the access they provide to the word of God and the world of knowledge, books were objects of both…

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