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Stained Glass & Muslim Culture

Muslim civilisations played a major role in inspiring the growth of the glass industry from the 8th century onwards. Mosques & cities were transformed into beautiful spaces richly decorated with glass. Here are 24 Islamic buildings & mosques, with stained glass…

Stained glass windows at The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Iran Constructed between 1876 & 1888, during the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Iran from 1785 to 1925. It has been dubbed the “Pink Mosque” due to the plethora of pink-colored tiles blanketing the ceiling

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Stained glass window at Beit Al Qur'an, Hoora, Bahrain A multi-purpose complex dedicated to the Islamic arts. Established in 1990, the complex is most famous for its Islamic museum, which has been acknowledged as being one of the most renowned Islamic museums in the world.

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Stained glass window at The Şemsi Pasha Mosque, Turkey. Designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan in 1581 for Grand Vizier Şemsi Pasha. It is one of the most attractive mosques in the city & a celebrated example of the chief architect's skills.

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Stained glass windows at Grand Çamlıca Mosque, Turkey Currently the largest mosque in Turkey, it was completed and opened on 7 March 2019. The mosque stands astride Çamlıca Hill in the Üsküdar district of Istanbul and is visible from much of the centre of the city.

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Stained glass window in a mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, Palestine.

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Stained glass window at the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain It represents a unique artistic achievement due to its size height of its ceilings. It is an irreplaceable testimony of the Caliphate of Cordoba & is the most emblematic monument of Islamic religious architecture.

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Stained glass windows at Dowlatabad Garden, Yazd, Iran. Created in 1747 by Mohammad Taghi Khan Bafqi. It was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011, as part of the Persian gardens. It is also listed in UNESCO as a part of the historical city of Yazd in 2017.

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Stained glass window at The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman In 1992, Qaboos bin Said al Said, the then Sultan of Oman, directed that his country should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for its design took place in 1993 it took 6 years and 7 months to complete.

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Stained glass windows at Bibi-Eybat Mosque, Baku, Azerbaijan The existing structure built in the 1990s is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936.