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Almohad architecture

By |2018-04-23T15:20:54+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam|

Minaret of Koutoubia mosque, Marrakesh (Morocco, 1100s AD) When the Almohads first conquered Morocco and Spain from the Almovarids in the 1100s AD, they showed their strength by building monuments in the cities of their new empire. They built this mosque right over the top of the old Almovarid palace in Marrakesh! Also, the Almoravids had not allowed [...]

Ptolemies and Cleopatra – Greek Egypt

By |2018-04-19T13:29:36+00:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Greeks, History, Science|

Ptolemy I Soter, on a coin (He's trying to look like Alexander) In 332 BC Alexander the Great and his Greek army conquered Egypt from the Persians who were ruling Egypt. At first the Egyptians thought he would make them independent again, but he did not. Alexander made Egypt part of his own empire. [...]