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Cathedral Masjid of Cordoba-Spain

Amazing and beautiful things still exist!

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the most important

monument of all the Western Islamic world, and one of the most

amazing in the world.

It is said that the place where Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is

nowadays was dedicated, from ancient times, to the religious

group of different divinities. The evolution of the “Omeya” style in

Spain is resumed in the history of the Mosque of Cordoba, as

well as other styles such as the Gothic, Renaissance and

Baroque of the Christian architecture.

During the Visigoth occupation, another building “San Vicente”

Basilic was constructed in the same place. This basilica, of

rectangular shape, was shared between Muslims and Christians

for a long period of time. After the Muslim enlargement, the

Basilic became property of Abdur Rahman I, who constructed the

first “Mosque Alhama” or main Mosque of the city. Nowadays,

some of the constructive elements of the Visigoth building are

included in the first part of Abdur Rahman I.

The Great Mosque has two different areas: the courtyard or

“arcade sahn“, where the “alminar” (minaret) is constructed

(beneath the Renaissance tower) by Abdur Rahman III, and the

“haram” or praying hall. The interior space consists of a forest of

columns and red and white arches giving a strong chromatic and

artistic effect. The site is divided into 5 different areas,

corresponding each one of them to the different expansions that

have occurred on it.


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