Grand Mosque detail, Kairouan
The Mosque of Uqba (Arabic: جامع عقبة), also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan (Arabic: جامع القيروان الأكبر), is one of the most important mosques in Tunisia.
The Mosque of Uqba greatly resembles an imposing fortress, a consequence of the 1.9 metre thick stones that were used to build its walls and its ramparts, in addition to its towers and the solid buttresses that support and strengthen the walls. The courtyard is accessible via six lateral doorways and forms a rectangle (approximately 60 metres x 40 metres in size) surrounded by galleries supported by columns made variously of marble, granite or porphyry and which were taken from ancient monuments (primarily from Carthage), as were those in the prayer hall. About the large number of columns, a legend says that it is not possible to count the columns of the Mosque of Uqba without going blind.
Built by Uqba ibn Nafi from 670 A.D. (the year 50 according to the Islamic calendar) at the founding of the city of Kairouan, the mosque is spread over a surface area of 9,000 square metres and is considered as a model for all later mosques in the Maghreb in the western Islamic world. The Great Mosque of Kairouan is certainly one of the biggest sanctuaries in all North Africa with a huge perimeter approximately equal to 415 metres (1,361 feet). This enormous space contains a prayer hall, a large marble-paved courtyard and a massive minaret. The prestigious Mosque of Uqba is universally reputed as a masterpiece of architecture and islamic art.
Under the Aghlabids, the fame of the Mosque of Uqba and of the other holy sites at Kairouan helped the city to develop and repopulate little by little. The university, consisting of scholars who met in the mosque, was a centre of education both in Islamic thought and in the secular sciences. Its role can be compared to that of the University of Paris in the Middle Ages. With the decline of the city, the centre of intellectual thought moved to the University of Ez-Zitouna in Tunis.
The present form of the mosque dates back to the Aghlabid dynasty (with the exception of a few partial restorations and several later additions). Prior to this era, the mosque had been reconstructed several times following the successive invasions of Kairouan. With the exception of the mihrab, no part of the mosque is older than the 9th century.
Shortly after its construction, the mosque was destroyed during the occupation of Kairouan by the Berbers, led at first by Kusaila (around 690). The mosque was reconstructed by the Arab Emir Ben Noman around 10 years later. In light of Kairouan’s growing population, Hichâm ibn Abd al-Malik, the Umayyad Caliph of Damascus, ordered work to be undertaken in the city, which included the destruction of the mosque (with the exception of the mihrab) and its subsequent reconstruction.
Under the Aghlabids, Kairouan was at its apogee and the mosque profited from this period of calm and prosperity. In 836, Ziadet-Allah I reconstructed the mosque once more. In 863, Abou-Ibrahim increased the size of the oratory with the addition of three bays to the north, and added the cupola over the entry. In 875, Ibrahim II constructed another three bays, thereby reducing the size of the courtyard which was further limited on the three other sides by the addition of double galleries. After this date, the mosque did not undergo more than minor changes or restoration work. (Source: Wikipedia & tourismtunisia)
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besnard (53754) 2011-03-05 3:01
Bien cadré ce cliché qui nous permet de voir la qualité de la pierre, la symétrie autour du pilier principal.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
ManuMay (34969) 2011-03-05 3:02
Great composition, very good light management enhancing lines and forms, excellent framing , elegant and fitting really right...and a very good note,
Fine details and very good definition indeed!
Have a nice week end...
PS: I´ve visited your web page...Impreesed by your artistic and very good work...Congratulations!!!
jurek1951 (42156) 2011-03-05 3:11
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done
francio64 (38276) 2011-03-05 3:26
immagine architettonica molto bella dal punto di vista compositivo, com perfetta simmetria.
Ottimo taglio in un ottimo formato quadrato.
Luce ben gestita e ottimo sharp.
Well done and TFS!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-05 4:03
Beautiful architecture, good angle of view, nice texture, warm colors.tightly framed.
siudzi (33925) 2011-03-05 4:05
Excellent use of symmetry here. You have found a really great place with amazing architecture. Good work. Congrats!
jjcordier (76850) 2011-03-05 4:42
Belle mise en image de ces voutes de la Grande Mosquée. Belle lumière et beau cadrage.
Haymotion (2729) 2011-03-05 4:58
Magnifique composition !
Esthétiquement et graphiquement très réussi..
annjackman (19917) 2011-03-05 5:04
I enjoy this architectural study very much. You have given us beautiful shapes with lovely light and shadows. Nice detail throught. TFS.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-03-05 5:08
Ola George ,
Grande composição :) , que belo efeito visual com estes arcos árabes , magníficos detalhes de arquitectura , boa profundidade de foto ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sergiom (61036) 2011-03-05 5:40
Ces arches sont magnifiques et parfaitement photographiées. La technique est irréprochable et le sujet bien cadré.
paninho (2931) 2011-03-05 5:51
Très beaux graphisme et une lumière remarquable! De plus la définition est parfaite jusque dans les parties sombres! Very nice work my friend!
npecanhuk (66256) 2011-03-05 6:34
Wonderful architectural details!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format, contrasts, overall pp, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
JFS (32459) 2011-03-05 8:58
Elegant and artistic detail of the upper part of this Mosque. Beautiful light!
Thanks and have a good WE!
tchefi (1763) 2011-03-05 9:35
de superbes détails, une belle profondeur de champ et un cadrage bien choisi.
ktanska (24900) 2011-03-05 12:01
This looks quite simple as a fingerprint. But on full size one can really appreciate the fine details of stonework. This capture is magnificient making single colour sandstone look almost 3D.
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-03-05 12:47
An exceptional composition presented into a great light accompanied by interesting note.
Have a nice weekend!
mesutilgim (85318) 2011-03-05 15:15
Hi dear George,
Very good detail crop ! Nice details and perfect effect.
Almost monochrome effect, with perfect notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
vasilpro (40933) 2011-03-05 15:17
Wonderful composition, excellent POV, beautiful arches, interesting architectural details, lovely light and colors, TFS!
Have a great Sunday, Vasilis.
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-05 15:42
Hi George, what a fine shot- I like the sharp detail and the patterns.. it is exquisite.. good tones .. have a great eve Rich
hispic (9652) 2011-03-05 17:17
Beautiful light on the attractive details in the accurate composition. sharpness also is impeccably applied, and light is exquisitely managed as always. Marvelous work.
Have a nice Sunday, Hisashi
siamesa (27743) 2011-03-06 1:00
Bom dia George
Superb architecture of this mosque. Perfect picture.Very well done work.TFS
bukitgolfb301 (36206) 2011-03-06 1:13
Hi my dear George
Another wonderful shot! Compressed impressive image!
Very well considerd framework and sharp focus presentation in the detail are so marvelous and remarkable as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good Sunday evening and best regards,
Takero from warm Tokyo (13℃)
cornejo (32116) 2011-03-06 2:10
George cordials greetings. A wonderful archs. Very good detail, a very beautiful photo very well compound and executed, with the sharpness, light and colors very well. Good shot and very good work, congratulation. Have a nice sunday, thanks for sharing.
JCG (35129) 2011-03-06 3:03
A beautiful use of the light to emphasize here this succession of arcades, the hot colors are very pleasant and the image has a good depth. Pretty and interesting glance, thank you George.
With all my friendships and very good Sunday,
timecapturer (49278) 2011-03-06 3:51
this is an amazingly sharp and quite beautiful shot. Such rich textures and colour. Your POV and composition are spot on, displaying all the wonderful and concentric shapes. Flawless light management. An impressive photograph, well taken.
dkmurphys (50006) 2011-03-06 7:37
Beautiful arcade visual effects. Interesting atmosphere given by the shadows. Well done, have a good week.
macjake (57074) 2011-03-06 10:56
you keep showing us memorable photos from this picturesque country, and i love it.
the gold tones are so attractive, along with the depth and repetitive patterns of arches.
great details and lighting.
nikkitta (14858) 2011-03-06 12:41
Very nice golden, symmetric shot with great definition to show the construction details
Interesting note also
amaryllis (35075) 2011-03-06 13:48
quelle beauté ces colonnes et les formes similaires qui partent du même endroit, soit de la colonne centrale; une capture superbe de cet endroit avec une belle texture de pierre
ymrk (14955) 2011-03-07 1:27
my favourite perspective this once on my opposite..great framing and using light György!
Greetings from Turkey my friend!
abmdsudi (43714) 2011-03-09 8:29
Excellent close crop composition focusing on great detail of the architecture in lovely golden tones. I like the depth created by the repeated strong line of verticals and curves, and the graphic feel of it. The textures are so well define with delicate touch. Crispy sharpness throughout and good informative notes well written. A top notch quality my friend. Congrats
quillo (11850) 2011-03-13 15:30
Hola George ...
Good the picture showing with thoroughness
the details of the architecture of the Mosque of Uqba,
the colors and the textures are exquisite,
the excellent light.
zanskar (280) 2011-04-15 2:29
Très beau cadrage mettant en valeur le formidable travail des tailleurs de pierre. Ogives parfaitement symétriques, colonne corinthienne au premier plan, lumière rasante ocrée, beau travail et belle utilisation du format carré.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-06
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-05 2:56