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"Mosque of Córdoba: It is..." Córdoba Favorite Tip by ctv881

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<li> <b>Mosque of Córdoba</b>:

It is attributed to Abderramán’s longing for the mosques of Damascus, where his dynasty perished. Yet at the same time, it manifests the triumphs of his people and his gratitude to his faith.

In 780 AD, begin the construction of the biggest mosque the world had ever known over the structure of what it was known as the visgothic church of Saint Vincent.

The 23,400 square meters that occupies the actual mosque with almost 500 columns and superimposed arches, they are the partial creation of Abderramán I, of Abderramán II, of Alhaken II and of Almanzor already by the year 987 AD. It is considered the epitome of the caifal art, and its fantastic forest of columns and arches in its interior is one of the most beautiful spaces ever constructed in a house of worship. The orientation of the Mihrab, curiously is not towards Meccah. In 1,253, at the center of its complex, a Christian cathedral is built.

Few pieces of art of this magnitude present such mixture of artistry such as the Cordobesian mosque, where mixed into the caifal styles, you can see the Byzantine and oriental influences, as well as hispano-romanic and Visigothic elements. To observe this, all that is needed is to step on to the Gate of the Forgiveness, at its northern side, crossing through its mudejar decorations, and stepping on to the Patio of the Orange Trees, entering the mosque through the Gate of the Palms, of a beautiful plateresque style. It is then only that you will find the grandiose caifal architecture.

In this great Muslim temple, one can appreciate its magnificence in each corner and detail. The examples of the central octagonal dome, richly decorated with polychrome mosaics; the Mihrab, or the place to which a Muslim must look for it faces Mecca, that possesses a blinding decoration of marble and sculpted Byzantine mosaics, as well as dozen other examples.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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