Figure 1. Horseshoe arches, Ummayad Mosque in Damascus.
The Horseshoe and Transverse ArchesLEARN MORE
The first Muslim adaptation and modification of the design of the arch occurred in the invention of the...
Figure 1: Horseshoe arches in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus (northern arcade of the courtyard and the Minaret of the Bride). (Source).
The Arch That Never SleepsLEARN MORE
Perhaps no culture mastered the design and use of the arch more than the Muslims. Inheriting earlier arch...
Architecture under Umayyad Patronage (661-750)LEARN MORE
Under the Umayyads, Islam spread to various lands, generating considerable prosperity and wealth. In that...
Architecture under Abbassid Patronage (750-892)LEARN MORE
The Abbassids became patrons of a number of gigantic construction projects extending from large mosques and...
Bab Alamma, Samara (836/37 AD) with its three iwans
Ceremonial Gates of the AbbassidsLEARN MORE
Among the features of the Abbassids elaborate lifestyle that had a great impact on the architecture of this...
Figure 1. Leaders of the crusade of 1099 noticed the elegance and practicalities of the pointed arch in Al-Aqsa as well as in the Dome of the Rock and subsequently adopted it in their constructions in Europe.
The Abbassid MosquesLEARN MORE
Building enthusiasm of the Abbassids took a new dimension in the construction of mosques as reflected in...