By Christopher E. M. Pearson
Because the legendary Tower of Babel, people have consistently attempted to erect monuments to compare their outsized egos. With old ziggurats, the Taj Mahal or the Empire country development, guy has for hundreds of years confirmed his strength by way of elevating buildings for reasons either non secular and profane. As overseas cultural statements with out phrases, symbols of a peoples values devotion, patriotism, strength symbols of a civilisationÊs grandeur, those monuments nonetheless fascinate and allure an ever-growing public who's captivated through the createvity and ingenuity of those architects and stonemasons. Their ancient message is going some distance past mere paintings heritage, for they let us know of the lives and evolution of the peoples of the earlier, as does the Parthenon in Athens, again and again destroyed, rebuilt, reused, attacked, pillaged, and restored once more at the present time. This paintings, that includes a thousand monuments selected from worldwide, retraces human historical past, the innovations, types, and philosophies worthy for the development of such a lot of splendours over the centuries, delivering a landscape of the main celebrated monuments whereas evoking the fervour in their makers. The reader can discover the altering values of humanity throughout the edifices it has equipped and comprehend those constructions as triumphs of humankind
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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, 1459 and later (Turkey) This immense palace, which served as the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853, is set on a prominent point overlooking the Golden Horn. Built on the site of the ancient Greek city of Byzantium, it was begun shortly after the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II. Insulated from the outer world, the palace was largely self-sufficient, having its own water supply, cisterns and kitchens. As many as 4000 people lived here at its height.
Ummayad Mosque, Damascus, 706-715 (Syria) 32 37 33 33. Mosque of Al Mutawakkil (Great Mosque of Samarra), Samarra, 847-851 (Iraq) 34. Al Azhar Mosque, Cairo, 970-972 (Egypt) 35. Mosque of Uqba, Kairouan, 670 (Tunisia) 36. Al Hakim Mosque, Cairo, 990-1013 (Egypt) 38 — Africa and the Middle East — 34 35 36 39 37 37. Kutubiya Mosque, Marrakesh, 1158 and later (Morocco) 38. Friday Mosque, Isfahan, rebuilt after 1121-1122 (Iran) 39. Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, rebuilt 1033 (Israel) 38 40 39 — Africa and the Middle East — 40 40.
Al Azhar Mosque, Cairo, 970-972 (Egypt) 35. Mosque of Uqba, Kairouan, 670 (Tunisia) 36. Al Hakim Mosque, Cairo, 990-1013 (Egypt) 38 — Africa and the Middle East — 34 35 36 39 37 37. Kutubiya Mosque, Marrakesh, 1158 and later (Morocco) 38. Friday Mosque, Isfahan, rebuilt after 1121-1122 (Iran) 39. Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, rebuilt 1033 (Israel) 38 40 39 — Africa and the Middle East — 40 40. Krak des chevaliers, Qalaat al Hosn, c. 1100-1200 (Syria) Greatest of the Crusader fortresses in the Holy Land, Krak des chevaliers, or the “fortress of the knights,” served as the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller.