Friday, May 29, 2009

Crescent moon

Mister oo7 built the Palace of Sheikh Al-Ahmar Ibn Sihr. Now, as far as I can tell, this is a completely fictional building and is not a religious structure. So why did I include it here? Mainly because of the clever detail of the crescent moon on top of the central dome. The crescent moon, often accompanied by a star, has become a symbol of Islam. This may be because in pre-Islamic times the crescent was a symbol of both Persian and Ottoman empires, both of which later became dominated by Islam. The crescent often appears in architecture and flags associated with Islam. BTW, I've found this linked on what appears to be an Islamic blog. It's great to see LEGO creations getting notice outside of the circle of hobbyists.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, thanks for this Bruce, I enjoyed the read very much. It is completely fictional, yes.
    I think I'll go add the photo to the group now, I guess it slipped past me earlier.