Muqarnas

Muqarnas are a form of architectural ornamented vaulting, the "geometric subdivision of a squinch, or cupola, or corbel, into a large number of miniature squinches, producing a sort of cellular structure", sometimes also called "honeycomb" vaults from their resemblance to these. They are used for domes, and especially half-domes in entrances and apses, mostly in traditional Islamic and Persian architecture. When some elements project downwards, the style may be called mocárabe; these are reminiscent of stalactites, and may be called "stalactite vaults".

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqarnas

Connected Sites

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Arab-Norman Palermo Cappella Palatina
Armenian Monastic Ensembles St Stepanos: a rather nice Muqarna above the entrance
Gonbad-e Qâbus stalactites works (moqarnass) of the entrance (nom file)
Granada Alhambra
Hill Forts of Rajasthan Amber Fort
Historic Cairo Sultan Hassan Mosque: portal and mausoleum
Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi The intrados of the domes is decorated in alabaster stalactites (muqarnas). (AB ev)
Meidan Emam, Esfahan Shah Mosque
Qutb Minar
Safi al-Din Ensemble in Ardabil
Samarkand Shah-i-Zinda
Soltaniyeh

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