Mezquita: Exterior detail, part of the arcades of the old sahn or courtyard

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Description

Constructed on a simple hypostyle plan, ‛Abd al-Rahman’s mosque of 785 consisted of 11 aisles of 12 bays that, like the Great Mosque at Damascus, ran perpendicular to a walled court. Each bay was defined by a set of two-tiered horseshoe arches with alternating red brick and white stone voussoirs, which were later coloured. It was enlarged by building programs until 988. In 1236 Ferdinand III of Castile and a number of bishops purified the Great Mosque for Christian worship, consecrating it as a cathedral dedicated to S María. The building was initially altered only by the creation of St. Clement’s Chapel and by a number of Christian burials. Large-scale alterations began with the Capilla Real (late 13th century-early 14th), a pantheon for the kings of Castile. It was altered drastically by the construction of a vast cathedral at its centre in 1523. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Creator
  • G. Massiot & cie

Subject
  • Architecture

  • Cathedrals

  • Mosques

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Late Gothic

  • Umayyad

Place of Creation
  • Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain: Andalusia; Cordova

  • +37.879194-4.779722

  • Córdoba

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

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