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Assyrian palaces – West Asian architecture

By |2018-10-18T08:32:38+00:00September 11th, 2017|Architecture, West Asia|

On the walls of one of the Assyrian palaces, Assyrian soldiers attack a town. Some are swimming, using balloons made of goatskins to hold themselves up. Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, Nimrud, 860 BC. See the walls and buildings of the town? Assyrian kings built palaces The Assyrian kings' main architecture was their big palaces. The [...]

Ottoman architecture – Topkapi

By |2017-07-23T08:13:44+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Islam|

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul (Turkey, 1400s AD) By the time the Ottoman sultans conquered Constantinople from the Roman emperors in 1453 AD,  the old palace of the Roman emperors was really very, very old. The Roman emperors had not been rich enough to build fancy palaces for hundreds of years. So the Ottoman emperors immediately started to build themselves [...]

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 [...]

Minoan and Mycenaean architecture

By |2018-04-15T15:37:39+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Bronze Age palace in Knossos, Crete Around 1700 BC, a great earthquake shook the island of Crete and knocked down the palaces (or big houses) that many people had been living in. The people rebuilt these palaces much bigger and more beautiful than before, but still along the same lines of all the [...]