Monthly Archives: October 2011

Benaki Museum Educates and Integrates

The Benaki Museum holds one of the most extensive Islamic Art collections in the world.  Completed in 1930, much of the museum’s collection originates from Alexandria, Istanbul and Paris and was obtained in the early 20th century.  London’s Victoria and Albert … Continue reading

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Islamic Architecture in Samarkand

When you think of places to go and things to see Uzbekistan might seem a little bit off the beaten track.  While Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey might be more well-known, Islamic art is not limited to these countries.  … Continue reading

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Islamic Art embraces International Architects

The Museum of Islamic Art of Doha, Qatar opened on December 2008 with The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi scheduled to open in 2014. These buildings are important because they show how Islamic states are influencing international architecture and vice versa. The magnitude … Continue reading

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Islamic Objects of Desire

This November 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening a new gallery comprised of 15 suites in an exhibit entitled the “New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia” (Vogel).  … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Hoard Discovered in 2009, Sent to US Museum

An article from National Geographic “Stafforshire Hoard: Magical Mystery Treasure” discusses an Anglo-Saxon gold and weapons stash found buried in England in 2009. The weapons and gold worth 5.3 million dollars and the article discusses the reason why such valuable … Continue reading

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Hagia Sophia’s angel uncovered after 160 years…!

A face of seraphim, which is one of the angel mosaics within Hagia Sophia, has been uncovered after 160 years. In A.D. 537, Byzantine emperor Justinian built Hogia Sohpia as a basilica in Istanbul. However, when Ottoman Turks defeated and occupied Constantinople … Continue reading

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Ancient Fortress Floods Forever

According The ancient Byzantine fortress of Zalabiyeh was mysteriously abandoned in the 8th Century. According to a new article by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in The Independent, a new Syrian dam will make solving that mystery impossible. The site of the fortress … Continue reading

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Ancient Cave Linked to Early Christians in Jordan

Archeologist have discovered a cave underneath the world’s oldest church, St. George Church. This cave dates back to 33-70 AD and is believed to be used as a church by 70 disciples of Jesus after the death of Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Earliest known images of apostles discovered with latest technological advances

The catacombs of Rome which had heretofore been a treasure trove of art and architecture continue to impress with the most recent discovery of archaeologists.  Within a room that was known to the scientific community but before had not been … Continue reading

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Turkish Tourism Drive Threatens Ancient Sites

In the past few years, Turkey has been trying to increase their tourism by primarily focusing on upgrading their hotels in larger cities and buying more planes for their airlines.  They have also been trying to increase tourism through religion, … Continue reading

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