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Kairouan’s Great Mosque – Islamic architecture

By |2017-07-23T07:50:40+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam, Religion|

Kairouan mosque's courtyard The Islamic governors of Tunisia built the Great Mosque at Kairouan in the 800s AD, in the time of the Abbasid Empire. This was the same time as the reign of Charlemagne. But the mosque at Kairouan was much grander than anything being built in Europe at this time. It was more on the same [...]

Chola Empire – history of India

By |2018-04-23T15:17:11+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Rajaraja Chola, king from 985 - 1012 AD Collapse of the Guptan Empire Like the Roman Empire, the Guptan empire fell apart in the 500s AD. After that, India had a lot of kings ruling a lot of small kingdoms. In northern India, King Harsha ruled one of the small kingdoms. But after he died in the 600s [...]

Pandya Empire – history of India

By |2018-09-07T10:42:25+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Gate of Sri Ranganathaswami temple at Srirangam, built by Pandya king Jatavarman Sundara in the 1200s AD The Pandya Empire takes over After the Chola Empire collapsed in the 1200s AD, their old enemies, the Pandyas, took over control of south India. Both the Cholas and the Pandyas spoke Tamil. Mostly they're the same culture, though [...]

History of India – Early South Asia

By |2017-07-20T11:54:00+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr India was one of the first places people came to after they left Africa. They travelled along the coast around the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. The first people probably arrived in India about 50,000 BC. They probably lived along the coast, and used small boats. They ate a lot of fish and shellfish, like [...]

Medieval Indian architecture

By |2017-07-19T16:29:32+00:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|

Osian Sun temple, 700s AD By the 700s AD, after the collapse of the Guptan Empire, there were two different styles of temple-building in India, a north Indian style and a south Indian style. This temple from Osian shows the north Indian style. It has a high tower called a shikhara, and an open porch [...]