The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain
The above painting was just completed and was done as part of my current course of Castles, Churches and Cobblestones of Europe. It is the Hypostyle Hall of the Mosque in Cordoba. Although it is a mosque with it's beautiful Moorish architecture, it also has a cathedral as part of the interior.
It is called the Hypostyle Hall because of the columns that support the roof. These columns are made from jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. Some of which are originally from the Roman temple that occupied the land before the mosque was built sometime in the 700s. The arches are doubled to allow for more ceiling height. The history and architecture of El Mezquita-catedral is really quite fascinating.
More about it can be read here.
Tomorrow I am off to Spain with my daughter. I am teaching another fabulous course there and am excited to return. This time my daughter will be joining me, as it is her eighteen birthday on Thursday.