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  1. This is not surprising. Whether the Arabs in the seventh century or the Ottomans in the fifteenth, when they conquered Byzantine territories, they discovered in their new possessions spheres of art that were a hundred times greater in their greatness than the art of yesterday's nomads. Enthusiastic conquerors were left to learn to comprehend the Romean level of skill, in order to later try to surpass it. And the Arabs and Turks turned out to be very talented students of their enemies-teachers.

  2. The Byzantine Empire fell in 1453, when the Turks under the leadership of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror captured Constantinople (now the city of Istanbul). The state of Byzantium ceased to exist, but it had a great influence on the culture of European and Asian countries.

    After the capture of Byzantium, the Ottoman Turks adopted some features of the Byzantine style in architecture and fine arts. A clear example of Byzantine influence in architecture is the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. This is one of the shrines of Islam, which was created by Byzantine masters. Islamic mosaics, ceramics, and carpets clearly show Byzantine influence. On the other hand, there is evidence that the first church of the monastery of Osios Loukas in Greece was decorated with ornaments with elements of Arabic script.

    Thus, the mutual influence of Byzantine and Islamic culture is reflected in many art monuments.

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