The Abbasid Dynasty saw a golden age in which Baghdad and Samarra functioned as the cultural and commercial capitals of the Islamic world. It was during this period that a beautiful and distinctive style of art and architecture emerged that spread throughout Muslim lands.
The Abbasid Dynasty existed between the years 750 and 1258 A.D., lasting for more than 500 years. It was the focal point of all Islamic political and cultural life.
The Abbasid Dynasty saw the building of many important mosques and buildings, including the Abu Dulaf Mosque and the legendary Great Mosque of Samarra, once the largest mosque in the world. It features a vast minaret that measures over 100 feet high.
Abbasid architects also completed the famous Baghdad Gate in the 8th century and the Al-Ukhaidir Fortress, which received the UNESCO World Heritage status on July 7, 2000.