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SASANIAN ARCHITECTURE: The last great pre-Islamic civilization of the Near East was that of the Sasanians. A blending of Roman and Near Eastern elements can  be seen in Shapur I's palace at Ctesiphon, near Babylon.

SASANIAN ARCHITECTURE: The last great pre-Islamic civilization of the Near East was that of the Sasanians. A blending of Roman and Near Eastern elements can be seen in Shapur I's palace at Ctesiphon, near Babylon.

The Great Mosque, Cordoba, Spain: Mihrab. The focal point in the prayer hall is the famous horseshoe arched mihrab or prayer niche. A mihrab is used in a mosque to identify the wall that faces Mecca—the birth place of Islam in what is now Saudi Arabia—which Muslims face toward during their daily prayers. The mihrab in the Great Mosque of Cordoba is framed by an exquisitely decorated arch behind which is an unusually large space, the size of a small room. Above is a dazzling gold mosaic dome.

The focal point in the prayer hall is the famous horseshoe arched mihrab or prayer niche. A mihrab is used in a mosque to identify the wall that faces Mecca—the birth place of Islam.

Traditional house with mishrabieh balconies in Basra Iraq stock photo

Traditional house with mishrabieh balconies in Basra Iraq stock photo

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A beautiful picture of one mashrabiyya which was festooned with houses Cairo late nineteenth century

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I'm always soothed and refreshed by the spare sophistication of these small stone sitting rooms with Islamic patterns. (It moves me to alliterate, apparently.) Would definitely consider having a room inspired by this aesthetic in my own home.

Courtyard of the Madrasa al-Firdaus in Aleppo, 1235-1241. The Madrasa al-Firdaus (School of Paradise) was founded by Daifa Khatun, the widow of the Ayyubid Sultan al-Malik al-Zahir Ghazi. It is probably the most beautiful Ayyubid building to have survived in Aleppo.

Courtyard of the Madrasa al-Firdaus in Aleppo, The Madrasa al-Firdaus (School of Paradise) was founded by Daifa Khatun, the widow of the Ayyubid Sultan al-Malik al-Zahir Ghazi. It is probably the most beautiful Ayyubid building to have survived in Aleppo.

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