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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).

Court of the Myrtles in the Comares Palace. The Comares Palace, built under Yusuf I, is in line with typical Nasrid building design, with all the important rooms arranged around a splendid inner courtyard. The residential apartments are on the long sides of the Court of the Myrtles, while at each narrow end a portico leads onto the public reception and administrative halls. In the background rises the Torre de Comares, the highest tower of the Alhambra, which houses the Throne Room.

The Alhambra

Considered as one of the most famous examples of Islamic art, the Alhambra is the culmination and grand finale of medieval Islamic culture on the Iberian Peninsula.

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…

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Bahawalpur Mosque at Aitchison College Lahore

Built in the year 1900, the Bahawalpur Mosque was commissioned by the Nawab of Bahawalpur while he was himself a student at Aitchison College Lahore. Photography by F.Bhatti. aitchison college

Bala Hauz Mosque Ceiling

Bala Hauz Mosque, Uzbekistan

Built in 1712, the Bala Hauz Masjid is noted for the profuse colors and carvings on the wooden columns of its porch and its ceiling. The joinery of its painted ceiling features extraordinary craftsmanship with the use of suspended weights, semi-circular arches and balusters.

Photo by Gabriel Jorby

Great Mosque of Xi’an

The Great Mosque of Xian is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture. Like…

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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Sidi Bashir Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Bashir Mosque is located in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Due to its unique construction, the mosque is also called Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets. It is believed that the mosque was constructed by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1452.

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Islamic Architecture of Andalusia

Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim- ruled areas of the Iberian Peninsula were known). These buildings make Andalusia visually unique in Europe and have to be classed as its greatest architectural glory.

Photo by A Katabah

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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