3 08, 2017

High Middle Ages – European history

By |2019-12-18T05:36:20-08:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|Comments Off on High Middle Ages – European history

St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy (about 1100 AD) The Seljuks destabilize Europe's neighbors In 1071 AD, the Byzantine Empire lost most of Anatolia (modern Turkey) to the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Manzikert. [...]

31 07, 2017

Pisa – the Duomo – medieval Italy

By |2017-07-31T09:36:31-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|Comments Off on Pisa – the Duomo – medieval Italy

Cathedral of Pisa (the Duomo) This is the cathedral of medieval Pisa, in Italy. The architects built the cathedral in the Romanesque style around 1064 AD. The rounded arches are typical of the Romanesque style. So is the [...]

29 07, 2017

Aachen – Palatine Chapel – Charlemagne

By |2017-07-29T18:08:15-07:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|Comments Off on Aachen – Palatine Chapel – Charlemagne

Aachen cathedral (begun 792 AD) One of the first ambitious buildings in Western Europe after the fall of Rome was Charlemagne's chapel at his capital of Aachen (now in northern Germany) about 792 [...]

25 07, 2017

Guide for the Perplexed – Maimonides

By |2019-11-22T09:01:21-08:00July 25th, 2017|Egypt, Medieval, Philosophy|Comments Off on Guide for the Perplexed – Maimonides

Maimonides studied in this Cordoba synagogue in Spain (1315 AD, rebuilt from Maimonides' time) What did Maimonides study? When Maimonides was a child, in the 1100s AD, he studied Jewish religious law in the Cordoba synagogue, [...]

23 07, 2017

Umayyad architecture – Islam

By |2017-07-23T08:21:29-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam, West Asia|Comments Off on Umayyad architecture – Islam

Dome of the Rock mosque, Jerusalem People didn't build a lot of new buildings during the Umayyad period. They were busy getting organized after the Islamic conquests, and the Umayyad dynasty didn't [...]

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