Sunday, March 25, 2012

Photos: The Architecture of Egypt


We like Arabic architecture.  The intricate geometric patterns, typical of Arabic ceramic tiles, are highlighted by the daylight behind this screen in a Cairo mosque.  Part of the goal of Islamic art is to reduce the scale of objects, which symbolizes the transitory nature of life.
Entering a house of worship creates a mood.  It sets the tone of solemnity.  This photo shows the entrance to the giant Al Rifa'i Mosque, which holds the tomb of the late Shah of Iran. 
Arabic writing looks like a work of art.

This stained glass window differs in design from the typical stained glass windows in Christian churches and cathedrals.  Islamic art emphasizes the orderliness and symmetry of design, without the depiction of religious figures in human forms.When people think of Egyptian architecture, they probably think first of the pyramids.  This is a close view of the Great Pyramid of Giza.  In ancient times, it was covered with a smooth surface. Today, its blocks are exposed, so close up the pyramid looks like an orderly stack of blocks. The blocks close to the ground are too big to climb upon, and climbing is prohibited, as it should be.

7 comments:

Steffe said...

Geometric patterns are always fascinating. And they look great when photographed. I hope to visit Egypt one day.

brattcat said...

a beautiful and thoughtful tour. thank you.

Jarart said...

You have shown us a lovely slice of Egypt. Beautiful shots!

Teresa said...

Egypt has always intrigued me. What a great place for photographs. Amazing pictures--thanks for sharing.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Julie, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful post.The architecture is so special in Egypt!
Awesome pictures!
purrs and love from little LUNA and hugs from Léia :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Excellent images Dave and Julie. Aimee and I enjoyed Egypt so much, we would go again in a flash, sailing down the Nile is something we'll never forget.

Gunn said...

A very nice and inspire ring blog you have created.
Love it.

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