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Biennale of Islamic Art: 6 key islamic art pieces throughout the world

The inaugural edition of the Biennale of Islamic Art is currently taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. More than 250 Islamic artifacts are on display until the end of May at King Abdul Aziz international airport. An opportunity to look back at some of Islam’s greatest contributions to the world’s artistic heritage.

1 – The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

This iconic structure, built in the late 7th century, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Islamic world. It is famous for its intricate tilework and calligraphy, which adorn the exterior and interior of the building, as we can see in the picture above.

2 – The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

This stunning palace complex was built during the 14th century by Muslim rulers in Spain. It is known for its intricate tilework, plasterwork, and woodcarving, which are among the finest examples of Islamic art in the world.



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3 – The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, this impressive structure was built in the early 17th century and is famous for its six minarets and blue tilework.



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4 – The Taj Mahal in Agra, India

This mausoleum, built in the mid-17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. It is renowned for its intricate marble inlay work and calligraphy.


5 – The Ardabil Carpet in London, England

This carpet, which dates back to the mid-16th century, is one of the largest and finest examples of Persian carpet weaving in the world. It is known for its intricate floral designs and vibrant colors.

6 – The Great Mosque of Cordoba in Spain

This mosque, built in the 8th century, is famous for its horseshoe arches and ornate decoration, including intricate tilework and calligraphy.

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Published on 27 April 2023

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