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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…

Painting by the french architect, Pascal Coste, visiting Persia in 1841.

Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of…

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The Mosque of Cordova

This article has been taken from the book “Arabian Antiquities of Spain” by Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760-1814 ,published in 1816. The text has been converted from scanned images using OCR software and may contain…

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A ray of light ..

architecture of kamil khan mumtaz sun light in the mosque

Morocco, Fes, Medrassa Ben Youssef

Courtyards of Morocco

The ornate interiors and courtyards of Morocco.       Le Palais du Zahir marrakech architecture dar jamai museum interior

Masjid Shah do shamshira in the 1920s

Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque

The Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the “Mosque of the King of Two Swords”, is located in downtown Kabul along the edge of the Kabul River. It was built in the 1920s by Amanullah Khan…

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Lahore Fort over the years

I have had the chance to visit the Lahore Fort on a number of occasions. The fort always seemed to be in a worse condition than it was during my previous visit. While photographing…

Through the arches of Shalamar Bagh

The Shalimar Bagh (Garden), was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore, modern day Pakistan. Construction began in 1641 A.D. (1051 A.H.) and was completed the following year. The project management…

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Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore

The Wazir Khan Mosque  in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive tile work and frescos. It was built in seven years starting around 1634–1635 AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor…

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AL-HARAM AL-SHARIF – A Virtual Walking Tour

This virtual tour is comprised of various spherical panoramic photographs that place you inside the image, as if you were standing in the place where the photo was made. Use your mouse to…

Yaama Mosque (Yaama, Niger)

The mosque is located in the Sahel region of Niger where the economy is based on agricultural production. The construction is realized in the traditional banco technique. It is characterized by a central…

Mosque of Niono

  Niono, Mali, completed 1973. Client: Muslim community of Niono. Designer/master mason: Lassine Minta. The Great Mosque of Niono is an example of such efforts. Lassine Minta, the master mason of the mosque,…

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