Its long subjection to Turkey has left little trace of antiquity, and the most striking features in the general view are the minarets of the disused mosques (only four are now in use) and the Mahommedan burying-grounds.
These ruins, for which the name Kizil minare or Chihil menare (" the forty columns or minarets "), can be traced back to the 13th century, are now known as Takhti Jamshid (" the throne of Jamshid ").
Over it rose a dome entirely covered with gold, with two minarets at the sides, likewise gilt all over.
In front of the dome rose two lofty minarets covered with blue tiles.
The minarets of the mosque of Aurangzeb rise above all.
The central dome has but a slight elevation outside, but with the numerous cupolas round, and the minarets, it forms a picturesque group which is wanting in the mosques of Kairawan, Cordova, and other examples in North Africa.
From the sea, and has rather a pleasant appearance with its minarets and its palace, surrounded with gardens and olive-groves.
The two great domes above the tombs, the four lofty minarets and part of the facade of this shrine, are overlaid with gold, and from whatever direction the traveler approaches Bagdad, its glittering domes and minarets are the first objects which meet his eye.
It is a huge ornate building with minarets and a lofty cupola faced with shining blue tiles.
In the court before the dome rise two minarets, plated, like the dome, with finely beaten gold from the height of a man and upward.
The mosques with their cupolas and minarets, and houses built in Eastern fashion contrast curiously with the Renaissance style of most of the modern buildings, the medieval aspect of the castle and the quaint appearance of the Dutch houses still standing.
From various points the traveller can look over the city, with its great citadel, its many minarets and its flat-topped houses.
The most important feature of the town is the great shrine of Hosain, containing the tomb of the martyr, with its golden dome and triple minarets, two of which are gilded.
Damghan was an important city in the middle ages, but only a ruined mosque with a number of massive columns and some fine wood carvings and two minarets of the 11th century remain of that period.
There are many lofty minarets in various parts of the town, and a fine mosque built of ancient materials.
Three conspicuous minarets rise, two from the Haram, the other in the north quarter.
There are Armenian and Catholic churches, but the most beautiful building is a medresse erected in the 12th century by the Seljuks, with ornamental doorway and two graceful minarets known as the Chifte Minare.
Below lies the city with its ancient walls and lofty towers, its gardens and squares, its palaces and its mosques, with their delicately-carved domes and minarets covered with fantastic tracery, the port of Bulak, the gardens and palace of Shubra, the broad river studded with islands, the valley of the Nile dotted with groups of trees, with the pyramids on the north horizon, and on the east the barren cliffs, backed by a waste of sand.
The dome and the two slender minarets of this mosque form one of the most picturesque features of Cairo, and are visible from a great distance.
The upper parts of the minarets are covered with green tiles.
The chief tomb mosques are those of Sultan Barkuk, with two domes and two minarets, completed A.D.
Twenty-four minarets rise from the various mosques.
From the marble terrace which surrounds it rise four tall minarets of the same material, one at each corner.
Three domes of white marble rise from its roof, with two tall minarets at the front corners.
Though in general ill-built and partly ruinous, the town possesses some fine mosques, with lofty minarets, public baths and busy bazaars.