Seljuk Empire

The Seljuq Empire controlled a vast area stretching from the Hindu Kush to eastern Anatolia and from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf. From their homelands near the Aral sea, the Seljuqs advanced first into Khorasan and then into mainland Persia before eventually conquering eastern Anatolia. The Seljuq empire was founded by Tughril Beg in 1037. (wiki)

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Ancient Merv capital of the Great Seljuks Empire at the 11th-12th centuries (AB ev)
Ani under Byzantine, Seljuk and Georgian sovereignty, it maintained its status as an important crossroads for merchant caravans (AB ev)
Damascus Capital of the Syrian branch; f.e. Nur al-Din Madrasa (1167) built by a member of the Turkic Zengid dynasty which ruled the Syrian province of the Seljuk Empire (wiki)
Divrigi Divrigi mosque: The inscriptions contain words of praise to the Anatolian Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I (wiki)
Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens The Seljuk Period in Diyarbakır, between 1085 and 1093, saw further repairs and reconstructions to the walls of Diyarbakır. Towers number 15, 32, 42 (now known as Malik Shah or Nur Tower), and 63 (known as Findik Tower) were constructed during this period. The inscriptions on them confirm this information. (AB ev)
Kunya-Urgench was a major centre of Khorezm, ruled by the Seljuk dynasty (AB ev)
Masjed-e Jâme' a continuous sequence of Islamic architectural styles, the most prominent of which date from the Seljuq period (AB ev)
Wooden Hypostyle Mosques of Medieval Anatolia "High officials of the Seljuk sultanates, chiefs of the beyliks, emirs, and wealthy merchants often patronised the construction of mosques that were smaller than the grand-scale stone and brick counterparts constructed by the sultans." (AB ev)


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