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The Mezquita dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba reached its zenith under a new emir, Abd ar-Rahman III who was one of the great rulers of Islamic history. At this time Córdoba was the largest, most prosperous cities of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts. The development of the Great Mosque paralleled these new heights of splendour.
The mihrab raditionally had two functions in Islamic worship, first it indicated the direction of Mecca (therefore prayer) and it also amplified the words of the Imam, the prayer leader. At Cordóba it is particularly magnificent. The shell-shaped ceiling is carved from a single block of marble and the chambers on either side are decorated with exquisite Byzantine mosaics of gold. The worn flagstones indicate where pilgrims crouched on their knees. The Cordoba Mosque Mihrab looks south in the same way as the Damascus mosque and not south east in the direction of Mecca.

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  • Copyright: Rafael Santiago (Bermigan) (120)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-03-02
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 4:57
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