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Ch 1: Architecture of Famous Mosques

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For a quick and fun way to study the architecture of famous mosques, take a look at this series of short architectural design lessons. These lessons and self-assessments can help you prepare for upcoming exams, catch up in class and strengthen your architecture knowledge.

Architecture of Famous Mosques - Chapter Summary

Study famous mosque architecture at any time with this mobile-friendly chapter. These simple and engaging architectural design lessons will show you the history and designs of many famous mosques, including the Blue Mosque, the Umayyad Mosque and the Great Mosque of Samarra. Work through the chapter at your own pace, and be sure to try the accompanying self-assessment quizzes. You can use any computer or mobile device to study, and the chapter is available at any time that's convenient. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Describe the history and design of the famous Blue Mosque
  • Summarize the history of the Umayyad Mosque
  • Understand architectural facts pertaining to the Great Mosque of Kairouan and the Great Mosque of Samarra

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Architecture of Famous Mosques
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The Blue Mosque: History & Architecture

1. The Blue Mosque: History & Architecture

The Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul, Turkey's most famous landmarks, has a history marked with both innovation and controversy. Learn more about its unique architectural features as well as its exciting history.

The Blue Mosque Interior & Tiles

2. The Blue Mosque Interior & Tiles

This lesson introduces the Sultan Ahmet I Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, including its construction, controversies, and the exquisite ceramic tiles, hand painted in blue, which give the mosque its nickname.

Umayyad Mosque: Architecture, History & Facts

3. Umayyad Mosque: Architecture, History & Facts

Explore the history of this great mosque actually built on the ruins of a Roman temple. Learn about its architectural design that has become a model for mosques around the world.

Great Mosque of Kairouan: Architecture, History & Facts

4. Great Mosque of Kairouan: Architecture, History & Facts

Discover the architectural wonder and historical significance of this place of worship. Learn about its unique plan and influential design that was the model for later mosques in the region.

Great Mosque of Samarra: Architecture & Facts

5. Great Mosque of Samarra: Architecture & Facts

The Great Mosque of al-Mutawakkil, located in Samarra, Iraq, was once the largest mosque in the world. Learn about the history and design of this incredible structure.

Minaret: Definition, Design & Architecture

6. Minaret: Definition, Design & Architecture

Have you ever seen a tall tower near an Islamic mosque? Some buildings become symbols for religion in their communities. In this lesson, learn about the distinct architectural structures called minarets.

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