Tag Archives: 1400s

Interior detail of the Guri Amir mausoleum in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (15th century). Pic by **El-Len**

Square kufic, meaning:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ 

الْحَمْدُ للّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ 

الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ 

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ 

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ و إِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ 

اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ المُستَقِيمَ 

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِمْ غَيرِ المَغضُوبِ عَلَيهِمْ وَ لاَ الضَّالِّينَ

It’s the complete Surah 1, al-Fatihah; in the shape of Allah. From the Mir Chaqmaq Mosque in Iran, built in the 1400s.

Church of Saint Quentin. Began in 1195 and completed after 300 years; labyrinth dates from 1495.