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Sana’a Rising – “a Venice built on sand.”

In mid-February 1978, on my first morning in Sana‘a, I woke up before first light. Illuminated by the flame of a single bedside candle, the undulating overhead ceiling beams, plastered in white gypsum,…

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,…

The 3 minarets of the Great Mosque of Damascus: Qaitbay (built 1488), Bride (~9–12th c.) & Jesus (9–13th c.)

Damascus – history, arts and architecture

Capital city of Syria and one of the chief cities of the Middle East. Damascus is located in southern Syria on the banks of the Barada river. The area of Damascus forms an…

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