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Spain - Cordoba - Mosque / Cathedral

Detail cathedral interior

The year (1236) that Cordoba was recaptured from the Moors, by King Ferdinand III of Castile and rejoined Christendom, the mosque was reconsecrated a Christian church. Alfonso X oversaw the construction of the Villaviciosa Chapel and the Royal Chapel within the structure of the mosque. The kings who followed added further Christian features: Enrique II rebuilt the chapel in the 14th century.

The most significant alteration was the construction of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the middle of the structure. It was constructed by permission of Carlos V, king of united Spain. Its reversion to a Christian church (officially the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin) may have helped to preserve it when the Spanish Inquisition was most active.

Artisans and architects continued to add to the existing structure until the late 18th century.

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Jan 22 2008 17:19 GMT iyerhari
Great artwork!!!
Jan 22 2008 17:51 GMT annaschnitfink
Thanks for your kind reaction dear Iyer!
Jan 22 2008 18:24 GMT hans55 PRO
beautyfull !!
Jan 22 2008 18:48 GMT annaschnitfink
Thanks for your comment, dear Hans!
Jan 22 2008 22:11 GMT Carlimauda
I guess it is plated with gold....
Jan 23 2008 08:42 GMT annaschnitfink
I would not be surprised dear Carla if it is indeed gold plated... :)
Jan 24 2008 00:01 GMT PaP67
..la magnificence de l'art religieux de l'époque...dommage qu'il y ait eu lieu, l'inquisition !
Jan 24 2008 00:16 GMT annaschnitfink
Oui Patrick, mais la mosquee est encore la grace a la cathedrale...

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