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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 mosques – Indian architecture

By |2017-07-19T16:34:55-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|

Quwat ul-Islam, Delhi, 1196 AD Beginning about 1100 AD, invaders from the Abbasid Empire conquered most of northern India. These invaders were Muslims, and they needed mosques to pray in. So they got Indian builders to build them a lot of new mosques - big ones, to show how powerful and rich the new conquerors were. They built the earliest [...]