A-Level: Identity – architecture


The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater, or Amphitheatrum Flavium), c. 70-80 C.E., Rome
Gladiators, animal hunts, and executions: learn about the Colosseum, a monumental gift to the Roman people.

The Colosseum









The severe exterior of this palace complex belies its highly decorative interior, once filled with art.

El Escorial, Spain




Durham Cathedral
Spiral columns, carved zig-zags, round arches—at Durham, the rhythmic Anglo-Norman Romanesque pulses with life.

Durham Cathedral



Altneushul synagogue, Prague
In the “Old New Synagogue,” desks surround a Torah plaform. Text outweighs image—only plants ornament the space.

Altneushul, Prague




The convento atrium was a place for preaching. This cross taught new converts about Christianity.

Atrial Cross at Acolman






The Hagia Sophia as a mosque
After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the sultan repurposed this church, adding slender “pencil” minarets.

Hagia Sophia as a mosque