One of Córdoba's many attractions is the Mezquita, the Cathedral of Córdoba. I have previously uploaded photos of the internal details of the cathedral, this is a detail of one of its outer walls.
The Mezquita began life in the year 600 as a Christian church dedicated to St Vincent under the Visigoths. It later became a mediaeval Islamic mosque and was later converted to a Catholic cathedral when the Moors were ousted from rule. At one stage, the church was divided and both Muslims and Christians worshipped here. Now it is exclusively Christian, although many Muslims visit here to pay their respects. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, combining the best of Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
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jjcordier (76860) 2013-12-20 23:28
Un cadrage tilté original et très réussi de ce mur de la mosquée de Cordoue dont on apprécie la richesse de la décoration.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-20 23:36
yea yea yea, row row row, moorish power go go go! :))
if a time machine existed, i would have loved to see those times when both the christians and muslims prayed there. it should have been one of those rare times of humantiy when religion did unite people rather than dividing them. and that beautiful architecture is a solid testimony of those days. so, time machine can wait, i just need some flight tickets to get to see it :)
emka (79992) 2013-12-20 23:51
Ciao cara Lisa,
Creative shot from Cordoba's Mezquita. fantastic example of Moorish decorations. what an amazing skills these old craftsmen had. Amazing combination of these different cultures. Christian, Muslim, in Toledo it is also Jewish influence. Your Spanish photo make me wish to go to Andalusia.
have a wonderful Christmas with family
PaulVDV (22747) 2013-12-21 1:06
Original presentation of the very decorative exterior wall of the Mezquita with its many arches.
Best regards, Paul
timecapturer (49286) 2013-12-21 2:25
an inspired presentation this. Love the jaunty angle and the detailing is just amazing. Your crop is perfect at making the intrigue here all the more alluring. Clever and original; there is so much to look at in this superb image.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
snunney (84971) 2013-12-21 2:33
A superb capture of this wonderful architectural detail. The excellent sharpness enables us to fully appreciate the intricacies of the decoration. Have a great weekend. Merry Christmas to one and all!
ikeharel (58253) 2013-12-21 2:34
An excelent close view of the mosaic wall covered in the Masquita, impressive place with many art elements. Those could take a whole day of photography to show, every corner in this place has something worth attending.
Fine shot, exquisite sharp as always.
gojo (1769) 2013-12-21 2:40
Lovely patterns and a clever leaning frame!
cornejo (32224) 2013-12-21 3:06
Hello dear Lisa, interesting framing of these nice details of the Mosque of Cordoba, beautifully captured in this wonderful photo, good sharpness, light and color. Good and interesting note also. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and good Sunday. (Merry Christmas).
A warm hug from southern Spain.
sabermonajati (9583) 2013-12-21 3:34
wonderful design you shot in excellent frame.
janneman (2590) 2013-12-21 3:42
The tilted view; the rich details; the magnificent ancient colours! All together in your excellent composition!
Romano46 (18466) 2013-12-21 4:02
oggi ti sei data alle bizzarrie seguendo il tuo estro in un ritaglio architettonico in un formato assai originale.
Al primo impatto la tua proposta sconcerta un po', però più ci si sofferma sulla foto e più devo dartio ragione della tua scelta.
La foto piace anche per la composizione originale, al di là dei colori assai gradevoli, tutti sui tono del rosso che appaiono sfumati e contrastati nella giusta misura.
Sei un vero genio che non tradisce l'estro delle tue origini napoletane.
Sergiom (61210) 2013-12-21 6:13
I spent two days in Cordoba. It is a superb city and the Mezquita one of her highlights. I like the details very much and also the angle you took.
We can feel the texture and the attention to details.
Have a great day and perfect holidays,
photoray (12519) 2013-12-21 7:44
Interesting diagonal view of the elaborate classical Mezquita, reminiscent of the triangle slope. Zoomed in focus enhances the varied and excellent Moorish artwork, like geometry gone wild.
I would love to visit Cordoba, etc. some day.
In the meantime I will continue to enjoy Nature's temples of the West.
Stay warm, healthy and celebrate the Holidays,
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2013-12-21 9:24
What a beautiful place, and to think this is an exterior wall? Wow, I rarely see that in shrines never mind the outside! Its amazing that through history buildings like this have changed hands and changed faiths, and it seems that in so many cases what was at the time a tragedy for those residing turned into a special place for the historians of today. Looking at your example, or thinking of Hagia Sofia or some of the churches of Rome, its one of the few times when religious battles can leave a beautiful legacy. I have never seen the combination of styles that you refer to in your note but can appreciate them greatly throught your capture.
Stunning earth colors and amazing intricate details.
We must both be feeling a little holy for Christmas today, I'm posting a church details too :) Its the ghost of Christmas I tell ya, in the new year I'm back to being a ghoul!
Have a wonderful weekend, and a happy jolly merry wonderful Christmas to you and yours!
All the best
carlo62 (33835) 2013-12-21 14:53
le sorprese con te non finiscono mai, non credo di aver mai visto una foto con una inquadratura simile nella tua galleria, perlomeno sono molto rare.
Ovviamente stiamo parlando di un luogo molto frequentato e molto fotografato, per cui cosa può esserci di meglio di un'inquadratura originale come questa.
Molto bello il gioco di linee e disegni, sicuramente è un modo molto particolare per attirare l'attenzione su questi particolari.
lousat (77848) 2013-12-21 15:52
Ciao Lisa,la classe non è acqua,e qui si vede molto bene,dettagli davvero impressionanti e prospettiva molto originale,non era facile mostrare qualcosa di nuovo da questa chiesa molto fotografata,ma tu ci sei riuscita lo stesso alla grande! Buona Domenica,Luciano
fabbs99 (16489) 2013-12-21 21:20
Dear Lisa ,
Namaste ! Its an excellent frame full of geometrically correct designs.Love the colors and tone in the frame.Lovely composition with good sharpness.TFS.
SnapRJW (31483) 2013-12-21 22:19
An interesting history Lisa and a place of worship that has reflected the changing world of Spain. Imagine Christians and Muslims using the same building for worship, now that's cooperation and perhaps a time in history that we could learn from! Exquisitely fine detail in this architectural detail shot. The craftsmanship is beautiful. Nicely composed, the colours are delicate and harmonious. ZTake care my friend. Rosemary
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-12-21 23:37
Arab influences in the Andalusian architecture seems to be ubiquitous.
Fantastic presentation with good attention for all details.I like also your creative approach to the subject and this "tilt".
Beautiful architecture and superb composition!
Have a wonderful Christmas
ourania (32169) 2013-12-22 4:37
Hello dear Lisa,
I love this composition that presents us a rich assortment of fine details that we are able to study and admire thanks to the excellent definition, lighting and colour rendering you have achieved. You obviously studied this façade a lot, before choosing this framing that's full of rhythm and details and seems to reflect the rich history of the building. The subtle patterns and the textures are mesmerizing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, a wonderful, peaceful Christmas for you and your dear ones!
Silvio1953 (123643) 2013-12-22 5:34
Ciao Lisa, gran bel taglio e ottimo dettaglio della splendida architettura, se non ci risentiamo un caro augurio di Buon Natale a te e famiglia, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (43720) 2013-12-24 7:59
Excellent ideas by creating good tilted graphism of the interior to draw attention, abound of minute detail, brilliant clarity and sublime colors rendition. An innovative way to see thing differently to excite our vision this way. Delightful shot, Congrats.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas
ChrisJ (99338) 2013-12-25 5:50
Now where have I seen this before?
Great minds think alike! The diagonal axis adds dynamics and the tight framing is effective. Good sharpness and a nice capture of the key compositional elements. Tfs and and a safe and happy New Year to you and your family.
adores (37641) 2013-12-27 15:28
So many beautiful Moorish details here! I like the way you framed it in diagonal and the quality is also very good - we can see all the textures and details of the walls.
Angshu (55936) 2013-12-31 1:19
Hello dear Lisa
Indeed the mingling of styles is clearly visible. In this tilted composition, which works beautifully with all the flowing patterns, the details on stones are a beauty to behold. Excellent!
Wishing you & all your loved ones a fine, prosperous & healthy 2014
tatadalou (6341) 2014-01-05 15:27
I like the close and slightly tilted framing, that evokes various architectural details of the Mezquita. Nice sharpness.
Greetings for 2014 !