Great Mosque of Córdoba

Great Mosque of Córdoba

Date Mid-10th century

Movement Islamic

Located at Cordoba, Spain


Built in the last outpost of the Umayyad Dynasty. The arcade is composed of classical columns leading to horseshoe arches with voussoirs of alternating color, topped by superimposed arches. The space appears vast and forest-like, emphasized by a repetition of relatively small and simple forms.


An artist employed an intricate geometric arabesque to grace the qibla wall. Many Muslims witnessed the beauty of God in such geometric patterns.