Friday, December 25, 2009

Picture Day Friday

Shrine of Bibi Jawindi, Uch Sharif, Pakistan by SaffyH @Flickr

Shrine of Bibi Jawindi, Uch Sharif, Pakistan. Bibi Jawindi, the great granddaughter of the saint Jahaniyan Jahangasht, was known for her piety. Her tomb is considered one of the most important and the most ornate sites in the town of Uch, which was the centre of Sufism under the Delhi sultanate of 1494. It is octagonal on the exterior, with the interior walls angled to form a circle. The thick walls rise to two stories, transforming by way of squinches into a sixteen-sided drum upon which a dome sits supported by bell-shaped brackets. Both the interior and exterior walls are decorated with a profusion of faience revetment.


Anna Campbell said...

That's really beautiful, Keira. I love Islamic architecture. Closest I've got to the real stuff is the Alhambra in Spain but one day!

Keira Soleore said...

It's my dearest desire to visit Jordan, especially Petra, parts of Iran, and Morocco. In fact, our plans were almost all set for December 2001 for Morocco, but then 9/11 happened and all travel to the area was suspended.

Still....We traveled via Dubai to India, so we got to hear announcements in Arabic. Wee and Hubby recognized a few words, because they're similar to the Persian-Urdu loan words to Hindi. That was fun!