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dc.coverage.spatialSite: Cairo, Urban, Egypten_US
dc.coverage.temporalca. 990-1013 (creation)en_US
dc.creatorunknownen_US
dc.date990-1013en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-23T18:54:11Z
dc.date.available2013-04-23T18:54:11Z
dc.date.issued990-1013en_US
dc.identifier210172en_US
dc.identifier.otherarchrefid: 999en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/118197
dc.descriptionNorthwest minaret, detail showing the top; The Fatimid caliph al-'Aziz (reigned 975-996) began construction in 989 or 990 of a huge mosque (120 x 113 m) just outside the north wall of al-Qahira; his son al-Hakim (reigned 996-1021) completed the building in 1013. It was erected to accommodate not only the ever-burgeoning population of Cairo but also Fatimid pageantry, for the imams visited successive mosques on religious festival days, accompanied by much cermonial pomp. The bastions erected in 1010-1011 to encase the minarets are the most enigmatic feature of the mosque. Bloom suggested that the shape of the minarets (square bases leading to polygonal or circular shafts) deliberately alluded to that of those on the Haram in Mecca, but after Fatimid-Meccan relations deteriorated, al-Hakim prohibited his subjects from visiting Mecca and ordered the minarets to be concealed. In 1980 the mosque was again restored in inappropriate gilt and gleaming marble. Source: Grove Art Online; http://www.groveart.com/ (accessed 1/18/2008)en_US
dc.format.mediumbricken_US
dc.rights© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.en_US
dc.subjectarchitectural exteriorsen_US
dc.subjectrulers and leadersen_US
dc.subjectFatimiden_US
dc.titleMosque of al-Hakimen_US
dc.typeimageen_US
dc.rights.accessLicensed for educational and research use by the MIT community onlyen_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode1A3-I-E-MAH-B7en_US
vra.culturalContextEgyptian (modern) Islamicen_US
vra.techniqueconstruction (assembling)en_US
vra.worktypemosqueen_US
dc.contributor.displayunknown (Egyptian (modern))en_US


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