A Corpus of Thirteenth-Century Brick Rum Seljuq Minarets, Dr Richard Piran McClary

  • 5:15pm - 6:30pm

  • Minto House, Elliot Room
    20-22 Chambers Street
    EH1 1JZ

The architectural aesthetic of Anatolia in the twelfth century was overwhelmingly horizontal. It was not until the increased dominance of the Rum Seljuqs in the early years of the thirteenth century that some of the existing Great Mosques, mostly built of stone, had cylindrical brick minarets added. The tall thin minarets, in the mode of the earlier Great Saljuq minarets of Iran, were a largely early-thirteenth century phenomenon in Anatolia. As the century progressed the number of minarets increased, with most mosques featuring some sort of minaret by the middle of the century, but with this proliferation came truncation and diminution.

This lecture presents the full corpus of surviving monuments in public for the first time, based on extensive fieldwork across Turkey and Iran. The wider regional connections are examined alongside the study of individual monuments.


Part of the Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series 2018