Architecture of the Seljuk Turks

Feb 2019
62
Ariaca
#41
Seljuqs fused iranian,armenian architectures and added their own turkic symbolism & style. There is even speculation that khazars had actually had their own architecture that is completely lost today due to the kievan rus&other slavic and mongol invasions, of which seljuqs heavily adopted (seljuqs used to serve khazarians before establishing their own kingdom).
They made good decision, Armenian architecture is superior to others of same region in my opinion, Armenian Churches are simply magnificent.

I think Even great Seljuks himself was a former Jew, considering all of his 4 children had Jewish names.
 
Mar 2012
1,170
Magdeburg
#42
They made good decision, Armenian architecture is superior to others of same region in my opinion, Armenian Churches are simply magnificent.

I think Even great Seljuks himself was a former Jew, considering all of his 4 children had Jewish names.

Armenian architecture is for sure beautiful, Georgian one has the strognest influence from it as far as i can tell. However most beautiful in the region statement is a bit questionable, as we do not have enough remains from Sassanians to judge, which supposedly influenced Armenian one to a great extent.
 
Dec 2017
473
Australia
#43
Nomadic Seljuks in the desert of south-western Kazakhstan and architecture? Hmm! The only architecture they had they captured. They were nomads. Their architrure were 'Yurts' made of sheep skin.
 
Feb 2019
62
Ariaca
#46
Nomadic Seljuks in the desert of south-western Kazakhstan and architecture? Hmm! The only architecture they had they captured. They were nomads. Their architrure were 'Yurts' made of sheep skin.
Why do you think that seljuks or turks don't have their own style of Architecture beside yurts ?
 
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Seljuqs fused iranian,armenian architectures and added their own turkic symbolism & style. There is even speculation that khazars had actually had their own architecture that is completely lost today due to the kievan rus&other slavic and mongol invasions, of which seljuqs heavily adopted (seljuqs used to serve khazarians before establishing their own kingdom).
i think that turkish/turkic/central asian architecture contribution is underrated and i would like to give an example of few stuff which turkish added as a distinct islamic feature

they popularised the pointed arches, it is thought that its persian, but i seriously think its turkish because i dont real think sassanids were keen on using pointed arches

the hamams, i think turks brought the concept into islamic architecture

minarets, thats not even a brainer, the concept of a tower along with a holy place was most probably introduced by the early turks into islamic architecture

the onion domes

the glazed tiling of the mosques seen today in for instance dome of the rock, the persian rchitecture in my opinion was a turkic addition.

the elaborate tombs

the decoration of the dome interiors, i think turks really impacted the decoration of the domes and of islamic architecture

the muqarnas, again this is an idea mostly probably developed in central asia in pre islamic era and turks brought it into middle east and it spread far and wide into andalus as well

the finials, i think the concept of adding finials were introduced by the turks as well

i most certainly think that the presian architecture infact is more turkic than it was sassanid, just pick up sassanid architecture and then compare it to the present persian architecture there is a huge difference.

the ''persian gate'' the concept of adding quranic scripts on the rectangular background to a point arch was most certainly a turkic addition.

the idea of four fold architecture, or persian chartaq was most probably a central asian idea.

turks also brought the idea of hospital into islamic heritage.

i do feel that turks/central asians had a very developed sense of architecture because they had a major buddhist influence, i also think that islamic painting also got a lot influenced by the turkic paintings. many ''chinese style renditions'' of persian miniatures are infact turkic in origin

regards
 
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