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    The Mosque of Córdoba (now a cathedral.)
Benighted Arabs, working only from their scattered, miserable memories of the Roman texts, synthesized a new, harmonious form of architecture for their mosques and public buildings. Did I say “an” entirely new form of architecture? I meant several. The Mosque of Córdoba is an example of Moorish architecture, done in Spain, which riffed off Syrian, North African, and Visigothian influences to … okay … I don’t know anything about architecture, but it sure as hell looked new and exciting. The arches you’re looking at are horseshoe arches, which were invented in their current state by the Visigoths, well within our period; they were gorgeous because they were so well built that they didn’t require keystones, and used alternating colors to set off the curve. The Moors adapted the form to suit mosques by plastering them all over everything they did, and sticking domes on top of that shit. Who doesn’t love a dome?

    The Mosque of Córdoba (now a cathedral.)

    Benighted Arabs, working only from their scattered, miserable memories of the Roman texts, synthesized a new, harmonious form of architecture for their mosques and public buildings. Did I say “an” entirely new form of architecture? I meant several. The Mosque of Córdoba is an example of Moorish architecture, done in Spain, which riffed off Syrian, North African, and Visigothian influences to … okay … I don’t know anything about architecture, but it sure as hell looked new and exciting. The arches you’re looking at are horseshoe arches, which were invented in their current state by the Visigoths, well within our period; they were gorgeous because they were so well built that they didn’t require keystones, and used alternating colors to set off the curve. The Moors adapted the form to suit mosques by plastering them all over everything they did, and sticking domes on top of that shit. Who doesn’t love a dome?

     
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