Raja Yoga Messenger; An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to the Higher Education of Youth Volume 13-14

Raja Yoga Messenger; An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to the Higher Education of Youth Volume 13-14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...historic places. the Mohammedan Europe, in less than taking of Constanwere all expelled country they had ly, and which they by their learning, their arts. The Salight of civilization in Spain throughof the Dark Ages, rest of Europe had ism. The Mohamthe south-east were all, however, for the sustained in the Turkish culture was than that of the Moors in Spain, the other Moham medan conquerors in Egypt, Persia, and India or elsewhere, followed the usual practice that we have studied in recent chapters and which produced such very successful and original results, that is to say, they simply took over or adopted the style of architecture they found in their new ARCHITECTURAL STYLES provinces, modifying it according to their needs and desires. Mohammed II, who captured Constantinople, was profoundly struck by the beauty of the great church of St. Sophia, built by Anthemios for the Emperor Justinian in 587, and by a few simple changes he transformed it into a mosque. The glories of St. Sophia have been described in Chapter XXII in the Raja-Yoga Messenger for July 1916. But Sultan Mohammed was resolved to surpass everything hitherto built, and so he gave orders to a Christian architect to design him a new and more splendid mosque on the highest of the Seven Hills of Constantinople. Unfortunately, this wonderful building was almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake in 1763, and the restored building gives a very poor idea of the original; we know, however, that it was a copy of St. Sophia. Mohammed II and his successors continued to build mosques upon the same general pattern, and there are now at least one hundred in and about Constantinople, each more or less resembling the original prototype, St. Sophia. That of Suleiman the Magnificent...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236820851
  • 9781236820853