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What is a cloister? Medieval architecture

By |2019-04-10T15:41:16-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Cloister at Moissac (ca. 1100 AD, southern France) Where do cloisters come from? Cloisters were a medieval kind of building that developed out of Greek and then Roman peristyles. What is a peristyle? More medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles What is a cloister? A cloister is a courtyard garden inside a building. [...]

Delhi Sultanate architecture – Indian mosques

By |2019-05-03T15:07:32-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|

Delhi Sultanate architecture - Quwat ul-Islam, Delhi, 1196 AD The first mosques in India Beginning about 1100 AD, invaders from the Abbasid Empire conquered most of northern India. These invaders were Muslims. Muslims needed mosques to pray in. So Delhi Sultanate architecture is all about mosques. What is a mosque? More about Islam The Delhi Sultanate All our [...]