Detail from façade of Gök Medrese. Sivas, Turkey. August 14, 2000.

Detail from façade of Gök Medrese. Sivas, Turkey. August 14, 2000.

 
Detail from facade of Gökmedrese.(Gök Medrese, literally Sky Madrasah or Blue Madrasah), aka Sahibiye Medresesi, is a 13th-century madrasa, an Islamic educational institution, in Sivas, Turkey. August 14, 2000. It is an example of the use of marble in thirteenth-century Anatolia. The porch, with the exception of the minarets and their supports, is made of brick completely covered with grey and white marble. The fountain embedded in the wall on the left side of the portal, and the door leading to the integrated masjid (small mosque) on the right side, are covered with the same material. The five bands surrounding the porch are decorated with floral and geometric patterns in low relief, showing clearly structured forms and almost no overlapping or background motives. Marble was not used for single ornamented – and therefore eyecatching – forms on the Gök Medrese façade: the material itself seems to have played at a least as big as a role as forms and motifs did there, and had an equal function as ornament.
 
 
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Detail from facade of Gökmedrese.(Gök Medrese, literally Sky Madrasah or Blue Madrasah), aka Sahibiye Medresesi, is a 13th-century madrasa, an Islamic educational institution, in Sivas, Turkey. August 14, 2000. It is an example of the use of marble in thirteenth-century Anatolia. The porch, with the exception of the minarets and their supports, is made of brick completely covered with grey and white marble. The fountain embedded in the wall on the left side of the portal, and the door leading to the...

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