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1 08, 2017

Medieval Spanish art

By |2017-08-01T08:19:32-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

Visigothic horseshoe arch (San Juan Banos) Because Spain was in the Roman Empire, in the 300s AD Spanish art looked a lot like other Roman art. It's not exactly the same - each province had its own way of doing things. Roman period Spanish art is usually stronger-looking and more forceful than art from other parts of [...]

30 07, 2017

Conciergerie – Paris, France

By |2019-03-26T06:43:44-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Conciergerie: the king's castle in Paris (parts of it from the 1300 AD) What is the Conciergerie? The Conciergerie was the castle where the kings and queens of France lived when they were in Paris. (But it wasn't called that in the Middle Ages.) More about castles The rulers of France Medieval architecture All our [...]

23 07, 2017

Nasrid palaces – the Alhambra

By |2017-07-23T08:04:16-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Islam, Medieval|0 Comments

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 [...]

22 07, 2017

Islamic architecture – History

By |2019-09-30T05:59:38-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam, West Asia|0 Comments

Kairouan (about 800 AD) The first Islamic buildings 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. Roman [...]