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    Smokestacks and Spires A Brief Examination of Gothic Architecture and its Revival The late European medieval period saw the development of what we refer to today as Gothic architecture. Through new technological and design innovations, Europeans built awe-inspiring buildings to house their most precious institutions: royal palaces, castles and cathedrals--many of which remain largely untouched by time’s flow centuries later. Drawing from ancient Roman technological advances, the Gothic tradition made heavy use of architectural features such as arches, vaults and buttresses to create buildings that were not only structurally sound, but beautiful as well. Many centuries later, these buildings became nostalgic symbols of a simpler and better time. Craftspeople…

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    Alhambra Research Paper

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    Intro: The history or Islamic ornamental design is a very rich and complex one. Islamic art, specifically ornamental art found on Islamic architecture, is symbolic of not only the aesthetic trends of Islamic culture but is reflective of the Quran and its poetic descriptions and symbolic stories. When specifically looking at buildings like the Alhambra, one can see that the Nasrid artists embellished the building in three specific ways: the carving of stylized foliage; the use of tiles to form…

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    Before the boom of the Islamic Empire, the Greek was already living there. Since the Greek were the first architect, most of the design of buildings looks similar to earlier buildings in West Asia through the late Roman Empire. As the Arabs was in the process of replaces Christian churches with Islamic mosques, they were able to experiment with different architectural forums and new Islamic styles. One of the earliest Islamic mosques is the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Afterward, many…

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    The Dome of the Rock is a Byzantine design inspired building, completed in 691 CE that has stood for over 1300 years. The monument is the first piece of Islamic architecture funded by a Muslim ruler that was created as a work of art. It is an Islamic shrine located on a sacred stone called the Temple Mount, a large outcrop of bedrock in the Old City of Jerusalem. It has been venerated as a holy site for over a thousand years and considered one of the most important religious sites in the world…

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    conquered the former Byzantine capital Constantinople, art and architecture experienced significant changes. However many people still wonder What rulers of the Ottoman Empire were interested in developing the art and architecture of the empire and what were their approaches to it? Many rulers were interested in developing art and architecture under their rule, such as Mehmed I who was “one of the greatest Renaissance patrons of his time” (THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART). He ordered two…

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    Islam spread throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia rapidly after it was founded. Due to Islam discouraging the use of figurative images in religious contexts, pushing Islamic artists to create and develop a rich decoration style of non-figural images, consisting of such ornament that make a hallmark of Islamic work. Islamic decoration includes complex geometric patterns, calligraphy and scrolling vines better known as arabesques. Islam has affected Islamic architecture…

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    One of the most famous of these is the Great Mosque at Djenneé.” (1) The international reputation of Djenné’s architecture is founded on the image of its mud mosques and houses that stand as testimony to their skillful masons. A mason is a profession passed down from one generation of a family to the next; creating a continuous relationship between the masons and the houses, they build (and maintain). (5) The architecture of Djenné’s town has changed over the years. “During the nineteenth…

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    Hagia Sophia Riots

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    The Hagia Sophia as said in live science was “born out of riots”. The Hagia Sophia was the biggest Orthodox Church built in the East Roman Empire called “Church of Holy Wisdom” modern day Istanbul and was constructed in the same location three times in its life span. The church was a place where the rulers were crowned and throughout the byzantine period it was the “biggest operational cathedral”. A great revolt called the Nika Riot hit Constantinople in 532 A.D. because of…

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    Minaret Research Paper

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    The Great Mosque of Kairouan is the remaining site of one of the oldest standing Minarets in from the Islamic Golden Age. The great Mosque covers nine thousand square free of space, is a quarter mile along its sides, and is the oldest site of Islamic worship in the world. Looking however directly at the Minaret the untrained eye only sees a tall structure but the style of the Minaret is one of function, purpose, and symbolism. The function of the Minaret is to provide a lookout for the watchmen…

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    Hagia Sophia was built as an example of the great vision and expectations Justinian and Theodora had. Hagia Sophia was so big that it is used as a landmark for sailors. Hagia Sophia may be large in size but the exterior has little decoration but allows us to see how solid and sturdy this building is. The focus of this building is around the central dome. The central dome is surrounded by half domes on each side and then more half domes. These domes and vast open spaces are part of what makes…

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