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Conciergerie – Paris, France

By |2017-07-30T18:14:23+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Conciergerie: the king's castle in Paris (parts of it from the 1300 AD) The Conciergerie was the castle where the kings and queens of France lived when they were in Paris. Originally this was the Roman fort, where the Roman commander of Paris lived. The Roman general Julian was acclaimed emperor here in 361 AD. This Roman fort lasted for more [...]

Nasrid palaces – the Alhambra

By |2017-07-23T08:04:16+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Islam, Medieval|

Court of the Lions, Alhambra (1200s AD) By 1250 AD, the Christian kings of Spain had pushed the Almohads south so that they only ruled just the city of Granada, far in the south of Spain. Because they were such losers, the Almohads in Granada were soon overthrown by new Islamic rulers called the Nasrids. There in [...]

Islamic architecture – History of architecture

By |2017-07-22T07:15:27+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam, West Asia|

Kairouan (about 800 AD) Greek architects designed the first buildings in the new Islamic Empire. They had already been living in the area when the Arabs conquered it. Because Greek architects designed them, these buildings look a lot like earlier buildings in West Asia - Late Roman Empire buildings like Hagia Sophia. But now they were building [...]