Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mezquita - The Great Mosque of Cordoba

The first glimpse you get inside the Mezquita ranks among one of the most stunning views you will ever see (at least for me!). Rows upon rows of double alternating red and white arches made from pieces of the former Roman Temple that stood here gives off a feeling of wonder and awe, especially as it seems to go on endlessly in every direction.

I also quite liked the patterns on some of the 'windows' which was reminiscent of the starred designs seen at the baths in Granada's Alhambra.

Near the sides of the mosque stand numerous richly crafted prayer niches with fascinating architectural designs and coloring as seen here. This site really quite unique as the Mezquita clearly includes both its Muslim history including a mihrab but also its Catholic past as we'll later see later in the cathedral built at the center of the complex.

Here's another view of the hypostyle hall. The view is really quite mesmerizing.

Every so often though, you will see signs of its Catholic history with tablets and artefacts adorning various corners and

Some other artefacts are stored inside some side chamber rooms off to the side of the monument for preservation such as the ones here below:

And here, pieces from before the site even became a Mosque, when it was the site of a Pagan temple and of a Christian Visigothic church.

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