The hypostyle prayer hall, area built in the 10th century under Al-Hakam II, 961-976, with a cathedral altar and behind, the area built under Al-Mansur, 987-988, in the Cathedral-Great Mosque of Cordoba, in Cordoba, Andalusia, Southern Spain. The hall is filled with rows of columns topped with double arches of a horseshoe arch topped by a Roman arch, in stripes of red brick and white stone. The first church built here by the Visigoths in the 7th century was split in half by the Moors, becoming half church, half mosque. In 784, the Great Mosque of Cordoba was begun in its place and developed over 200 years, but in 1236 it was converted into a catholic church, with a Renaissance cathedral nave built in the 16th century. The historic centre of Cordoba is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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The hypostyle prayer hall, area built in the 10th century under Al-Hakam II, 961-976, with a cathedral altar and behind, the area built under Al-Mansur, 987-988, in the Cathedral-Great Mosque of Cordoba, in Cordoba, Andalusia, Southern Spain. The hall is filled with rows of columns topped with double arches of a horseshoe arch topped by a Roman arch, in stripes of red brick and white stone. The first church built here by the Visigoths in the 7th century was split in half by the Moors,...
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