Architecture

A visit to a historical place/building (Jameh Mosque of Atigh, Iran)

A visit to a historical place/building (Jameh Mosque of Atigh, Iran)

Jameh Mosque of Atigh (ancient central mosque), also known as Jom’eh Mosque, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Adineh Mosque, and the central mosque, is the city’s oldest and first mosque. It is also known as Al-Aqsa Mosque, Adineh Mosque, and the central mosque. The mosque was completed in 281 AH in c.....

Read More »

Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Iran

Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Iran

The Jāmeh Mosque of Isfahān or Jāme’ Mosque of Isfahān (Persian: مسجد جامع اصفهان‎; Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān), also known as the Atiq Mosque (مسجد عتیق) and the Friday Mosque of Isfahān (مسجد جمعه), is a fusion of many architectural techniques from sever.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Masjid-i Imam, Iran)

A visit to a historical place/building (Masjid-i Imam, Iran)

The Masjid-i Imam, originally known as Masjid-i Shah (Shah Mosque; Persian: مسجد شاه), is a masterpiece of Persian architecture from the Islamic era. It is also known as Jame Abbasi Mosque, Masjid Soltani, and Royal Mosque. It is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran, that can be found on the south si.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Fakr Ad-Din Mosque, Somalia)

A visit to a historical place/building (Fakr Ad-Din Mosque, Somalia)

The Fakr Ad-Din Mosque (Arabic: مسجد فخر الدين زنكي‎), also known as Masjid Fakhr Ad-Din, was erected in the thirteenth century by the first Sultan of Mogadishu and has a formal architectural design. In Mogadishu, Somalia, it is the city’s oldest mosque. It’s in Hama.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes, Morocco)

In 1605, Sa’dian ruler Abu Faris al-Wathiq (reg. 1603-1609) commissioned the Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes or Zaouia of Sidi Bel-Abbès (Arabic: زاوية سيدي بلعباس) in Marrakech to honor a prominent twelfth-century Sufi preacher. In Marrakesh, Morocco, it is an Islamic religious co.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Tinmal Mosque, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Tinmal Mosque, Morocco)

In 1153/547 AH, Almohad prince ‘Abd al-Mu’min (reg. 1130-1163) built the Tinmal Mosque or Great Mosque of Tinmal (also written Tinmel or Tin Mal). Tinmal, a tiny town in the Atlas Mountains about 75 kilometers south-southeast of Marrakech, is where it is located. It is one of two mosq.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, Morocco)

The Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, located near the Suq al-‘Attarin, or Fez al-Bali Spice Market, is one of the world’s oldest colleges and one of the biggest mosques in Fez, Morocco; it is also known as Al-Karaouine or Al Quaraouiyine. Fatima al-Fahri, the daughter of a wealthy Qayrawani i.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Ben Youssef Madrasa, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Ben Youssef Madrasa, Morocco)

The Ben Youssef Madrasa (Arabic: مدرسة ابن يوسف‎; also transliterated as Bin Yusuf or Ibn Yusuf Madrasa), is named after Wattasid king ‘Ali bin Yusuf (reg. 1448-1458/851-861 AH), who ruled Morocco during the mid-fifteenth century. In Marrakesh, Morocco, there is an Islamic mad.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Kutubiyya Mosque, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Kutubiyya Mosque, Morocco)

The Kutubiyya Mosque (Arabic: جامع الكتبية‎ Arabic pronunciation: jaːmiʕu‿lkutubijːa(h)), also known as the Koutoubia Mosque, is the second of two nearly identical Kutubiyya mosques erected on the same location in the twelfth century by the Almohad king Abd-al-Mu’min. In M.....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Grand Mosque of Tangier, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Grand Mosque of Tangier, Morocco)

The Grand Mosque of Tangier is a nineteenth-century structure located in what was once the heart of Tangier’s medina; it is the city’s (Tangier, Morocco) traditional major mosque (Friday mosque). The mosque is on the site of many major religious structures from various civilizations .....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Bou Inania Madrasa, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Bou Inania Madrasa, Morocco)

The Madrasa Bou Inania (Arabic: المدرسة البوعنانية‎, romanized: al-madrasa ʾabū ʿinānīya) is a madrasa in Fes, Morocco, erected in 1350–55 CE by Abu Inan Faris and highly regarded as an exceptional example of Marinid architecture and ancient Moroccan architecture around .....

Read More »

A visit to a historical place/building (Bab Doukkala Mosque, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Bab Doukkala Mosque, Morocco)

The Bab Doukkala Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Bab Doukkala, is a significant Friday mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. The mosque is next to Riad La Maison Arabe and close to Medina. Lalla Mas’uda bint Ahmad, the mother of Ahmad al-Mansur Dahbi (r. 1578-1603 / 968-1012 AH), built it in 15.....

Read More »