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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Islamic
Title
Al-Azhar Mosque
Work Type
Mosque; photographs
Location
Egypt, Cairo
Material
black and white photography
Measurements
28 x 22.3 cm
Description
The mosque known as al-Azhar ('the Radiant') was begun in ad 970 as the principal mosque of al-Qahira. 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
ID Number
1180
Source
Volume 04: Egypt II Page 22
Variant Title
The Radiant
Image Materials/Technique
albumen paper
ID Number Note
Number assigned by photographer or print studio
Inscription
lower left, in white: 1180_ Caire. Mosquee el-Azhar, vue generale des minarets; lower right, in white: Bonfils
Rights
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