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Early France: the Franks and the Merovingians

By |2019-06-12T16:44:52-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Early France: A Merovingian fibula (a pin to hold a cloak on) from the 500s-600s AD Early France:  the Franks invade Gaul Who were the Franks? The Franks had been living for some time in northern Germany when the weakness of the Roman Empire tempted them to move south in the 400s AD. Compared to the Visigoths and [...]

St. Germain des Pres – Paris

By |2018-04-15T16:50:50-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

St. Germain des Pres (Paris, 1000 AD) In 542 AD, the Merovingian king Childebert (Clovis' son) was fighting the Visigoths in Spain when he heard that the people of Saragossa were praying to St. Vincent to save them. Childebert decided not to fight people under the protection of a Christian saint, and the people were so grateful to be [...]

Romanesque Architecture – Medieval Europe

By |2018-04-10T22:48:55-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Façade of Pisa's Duomo We call this kind of building Romanesque because it is a little like Roman architecture, with its columns and round arches. But people built Romanesque buildings around 1000-1200 AD instead of during the Roman Empire. The fall of the Roman Empire, about 500 AD, made everybody in the empire poorer than they were before. But the people [...]

Almohad architecture

By |2019-02-10T09:15:06-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam|

Minaret of Koutoubia mosque, Marrakesh (Morocco, 1100s AD) Almohads built a lot of buildings 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! [...]