Amman. Interior of palace citadel with IWAN.
8th c Jordanian Umayyad Architecture
(661 - 1031)
The remains of this 8th century Umayyad palace in Amman Jordan illustrate an early example of an IWAN, a feature that will be found in many later Islamic buildings. An iwan can be defined as an open porch that is normally surmounted by a barrel vault. Iwans were an important aspect of palace architecture because they fronted a domed chamber which served as a throne room. We will later see iwans used in mosques.
UMAYYAD | Amman. Interior of palace citadel with Iwans. | 8 c | Islamic | Umayyad
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