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Culture
Islamic
Title
Al-Azhar Mosque, view of minarets
Work Type
Mosque; photographs
Location
Egypt, Cairo
Material
black and white photography
Measurements
20.6 x 25.8 cm
Description
The mosque known as al-Azhar ('the Radiant') was begun in 970 as the principal mosque of Cairo. Completed in 972, it was made a teaching institution in 988–9, and its present renown is due to the prestige of its almost unbroken tradition as an educational centre. The original mosque was a rectangle (c. 85×70 m) with arcades on three sides of a court. There was no arcade opposite the qibla, but there may have been a monumental portal like that at the earlier mosque built by the Fatimids at Mahdia in Tunisia or the later Cairene mosque of al-Hakim. At the centre of the qibla side a raised transept on paired columns leads to a dome over the mihrab bay, an arrangement recalling Mahdia, and domes cover the back corners of the hypostyle prayer-hall, otherwise covered with a flat wooden roof. The mosque walls preserve a considerable amount of the original stucco decoration, which has the peculiarity of being exclusively epigraphic or vegetal, omitting the interlaced geometric motifs found at the mosques of Ibn Tulun and al-Hakim. Nothing of the original exterior remains, as the mosque was repeatedly restored and enlarged with additional prayer-halls, minarets, madrasas, shops and places for ablution.Grove Dictionary of Art
Repository
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.) Art & Architecture Library
Source
Volume 02: Cairo/Nubia Page 11
Variant Title
Groupe de Minarets
Image Materials/Technique
albumen paper
Inscription
lower left, in white print: No.320. Groupe de Minarets.; lower right in white print: P. Sebah.
Rights
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