Mezquita Mosque/Cathedral, Cordoba, Spain (photo via Wikipedia)
The Mezquita is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Before the Muslim conquest the site was the Visigoth Church of St Vincent (600 AD)
Before the Visigoth Church there was a Roman temple to the god Janus.
Entry to interior courtyard
Interior courtyard is called the Court of Oranges (for the trees here)
The mosque incorporates Roman pillars.
There are 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, and granite, made from pieces of the Roman temple.
The mosque was started in 784 AD and completed in 987 AD.
The Catholic reconquest converted the mosque to a cathedral in 1236.
Polychrome – carved wood overlaid with gesso then painted and gilt.
Spanish polychrome is the most beautiful I have seen.
Click any image to see larger photo. The great Mezquita mosque & cathedral is a vast and soaring space. I can think of no better description than to call it eloquent.