Architecture

Beni Hammad Fort, Algeria

Beni Hammad Fort, Algeria

Beni Hammad Fort, also known as Beni Hammad’s Al Qal’a (Arabic: قلعة بني حماد‎), is an imperial Islamic city, now ruined, founded in central Algeria during the eleventh century CE (fourth century AH). It served as the first capital of the Hammadid dynasty in the 11th cent.....

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Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta, Pakistan

Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta, Pakistan

The Shah Jahan Mosque (Urdu: شاہ جہاں مسجد‎), also known as the Jamia Masjid of Thatta, is a building from the 17th century that serves as the central mosque for Thatta town, in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Since 1993, it has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list. Durin.....

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Responsive Architecture – an evolving field of architectural practice and research

Responsive Architecture – an evolving field of architectural practice and research

Responsive architecture is an evolving field of architectural practice and research. It is a design field that has arisen in recent decades at the intersection of architecture and computer science, invokes a material response to digital information, and implies the capacity of the building to res.....

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Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

The Wazir Khan Mosque (Punjabi and Urdu: مسجد وزیر خان ; Masjid Wazīr Khān) is the most intricately decorated mosque of the Mughal period of the 17th century which retained its position as the main place of worship in the old town of Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province of Paki.....

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Royal Palace Of Caserta, Italy

Royal Palace Of Caserta, Italy

The Royal Palace of Caserta (Italian: Reggia di Caserta (ˈrɛddʒa di kaˈzɛrta)) was built on the orders of Charles III of Bourbon, the genius of Luigi Vanvitelli, who wanted an icon to show the influence of the Bourbon dynasty. It is a former royal residence in Caserta, Southern Italy, establ.....

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Begum Shahi Mosque, Pakistan

Begum Shahi Mosque, Pakistan

Begum Shahi Mosque (Urdu: بیگم شاہی مسجد‎), officially The Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum (Urdu: مریم زمانی بیگم کی مسجد‎), is the Mughal era’s oldest surviving monument and is also regarded as the Mother of all Mosques. Located in the Walled City of Lahor.....

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Badshahi Mosque, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque, Pakistan

One of the few important architectural monuments constructed during the long rule of Emperor Aurangzeb from 1658 to 1707 is the Badshahi Mosque (Punjabi and Urdu: بادشاہی مسجد‎, or “Imperial Mosque“). It is the mosque of the Mughal period in Lahore, the capital Pakistani .....

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Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

The Topkapı Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı; Ottoman Turkish: طوپقپو سرايى‎, Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı; meaning –Cannon Gate Palace), a museum in Istanbul, Turkey, which displays the Ottoman Empire’s imperial collections and houses in its library an extensive collection of .....

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Bayezid II Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Bayezid II Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Bayezid II Mosque (Turkish: Beyazıt Camii, Bayezid Camii) is located in Istanbul’s Bayezid Square, a well-known city in Turkey. The exact location of the mosque is near to the skeletons of early Constantinople’s Theodosius Scene (a previous headquarter of the Turkish government w.....

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Fatih Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Fatih Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Fatih Mosque (Turkish: Fatih Camii, “Conqueror’s Mosque” in English) designed by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II to commemorate his conquest of Constantinople, is the sanctuary and central building of the imperial complex. It is an Ottoman mosque in Istanbul’s Fatih district, Turkey......

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Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahçe Palace (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Sarayı, IPA: doɫmabahˈtʃe saɾaˈjɯ) was built between 1843 and 1856, at a time when life was not convenient or comforting for the average person in Istanbul or the rest of the Ottoman Empire. The palace is situated in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş dist.....

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Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria

Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria

The largest and one of the oldest mosques in the city of Aleppo, Syria, is the Great Mosque of Aleppo, also known as the Umayyad Mosque (Arabic: جَـامِـع حَـلَـب الْـكَـبِـيْـر‎, Jāmi‘ Ḥalab al-Kabīr). During the reign of Umayyad Caliph al-Walid I ibn ‘A.....

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