Sunday, April 10, 2011

Moorish Spain

Please excuse my long absence, dear readers!  A string of trips and visitors, my recent engagement (!), as well as my upcoming mid-year Symposium has kept me away and busy, but certainly not uninspired. 

One of the many former mosques-turned-churches in Sevilla

The window and parapet designs on this church signify that it was once surely a mosque, most likely built in the 12th or 13th centuries when Al-Andalus was at its peak. 
The Alcazar, meaning 'palace' in Arabic, is the prime example of 'Mudejar' art in Sevilla.  The calligraphy in both Arabic and Latin shows the merging of cultures when Moorish and Catholic artisans shared techniques.
The mihrab in the Great Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba.  The mihrab is a semi-circular niche in the wall of a mosque which indicates the qibla, or the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying.
The complex history of the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba can be seen in its assemblage of parts: columns from the Roman temple that originated, double arches from the Arab Caliphate, nave addition built after the Reconquista.
Me and Matt, my fiance, in front of the Torre del Oro, in Spain.  The watchtower was built by the Almohads in the first third of the 13th century in order to control access to the city from the river.

1 comment:

Matt said...

Hooray, I made it into your blog. I like the picture descriptions.