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.Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Ancient History
Clotilde lived in France during the fifth to sixth centuries and was the wife and queen of the Frankish King Clovis I, together founding the Merovingian dynasty, which lasted 200 years. She is the patron saint of widows, brides and queens. She is also the patron saint of Les Andelys, Normandy, in France where in 511, she founded a convent for young women. She is venerated for protecting those in exile and who have suffered violent deaths.Full Answer >
Although historians do not agree on the exact starting time, the Zhou dynasty in China lasted approximately from 1046 to 221 B.C. and is the longest dynasty in the history of the nation. It is also called the Chou dynasty. Under this dynasty, most of China operated under one government for the first time.Full Answer >
Major achievements of the Babylonian Empire include developing a code of laws, contributing to the world's current time-keeping system and the use of advanced irrigation techniques. The Babylonians also built architectural wonders such as the Hanging Gardens and the Ishtar Gate.Full Answer >
Some of the achievements of the Ancient African Kingdom of Ghana were the establishment of a profitable trading center that linked the gold mines to the south of the kingdom to the salt mines to the north, the creation of a silent barter system for merchants who did not speak the same language and the construction of a separate city reserved for use by foreign traders. By charging foreign merchants a tax to enter and leave the kingdom, which was an obvious necessity to conduct their business, Ancient Ghana was able to grow wealthy and powerful.Full Answer >