Midterm - The Great Mosque of Damascus

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The Great Mosque of Damascus – Syria Begun 706 by the Umayyad caliph al-Walid - Purchased church from the Christians. They tore down the church, but ept the existing wall enclosures. - First to start the whole “inward facing façade” idea that is very much a characteristic of Islamic art and architecture today. - Bayt al-Mal – Courtyard has this public treasury. - Entrance – Carved and inlaid wooden doors, façade of the
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Unformatted text preview: entrance with marble panels and mosaics.-Decorative touches – lower walls were covered in marble plaques, upper walls with glass mosaics.-Mosaics – Believed to have depicted the paradise that believers would meet after death (just as Christian artwork might depict the saints and Jesus in Heaven).-Bath – the most lavishly decorated within the mosque. Had stucco statues of princes and lavish dancers.-...
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