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Indian architecture – Ancient India – History of Architecture

By |2018-04-18T23:55:58+00:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|

Early Indian architecture: Rock-cut temples at Ajanta, India The Stone Age and the Bronze Age The earliest buildings anyone knows of from India are from Mehrgahr, from about 7000 BC. But the first real stone architecture dates to about 2500 BC, in the Harappan period in northern India (modern Pakistan). The Harappans built big cities, with walls around them [...]

Ming Dynasty – Later history of China

By |2018-04-18T09:54:10+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, History|

Brush rest showing five great mountains of Taoism, but with Arabic writing (Ming Dynasty) In 1505 AD, the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde succeeded his father as the emperor of China. Zhengde was only thirteen years old when his father died, and older men did most of the ruling. These men continued to build connections [...]

What is a yurt? Central Asian architecture

By |2017-10-05T14:52:35+00:00May 31st, 2017|Architecture, Central Asia|

Yurts- the houses of Central Asia The nomadic people of Central Asia generally lived in yurts, portable houses made of a foldable wood frame with feltedwool coverings over it. (This is actually a lot like our houses, which are also wood frame and sometimes use felt for insulation). These are some yurts. Other [...]