The Cosmopolitan Volume 21, Nos. 1-6

The Cosmopolitan Volume 21, Nos. 1-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... with emeralds and rubies--is beyond conception. Now the rude white-wash brush has marred the delicate walls, and a Christian choir, magnificent to be sure, but destroying the simplicity of the plan, has been reared in the center of the edifice. But the mihrab, or sanctuary, of the Moslem, gives one an impression of the former glories of this mosque. The walls form a heptagon, the pavement is of marble, and the shell-shaped roof, also of marble, is hewn from a single block; the walls are decorated with three lobed arches resting on marble pillarets, and the mosaic ornamentation of the cupola, the work of Greek artists from Constantinople, surpasses the finest examples of Byzantine art in Italy or the East. The flint glass and metals of this work have the appearance of velvet and gold brocade. It was in the mihrab that the unparalleled pulpit of Al-Hakem II. was kept. It was of ivory and precious woods and stones, fastened with gold and POKTE PES CHANOINES. silver nails. It contained the Koran made by Othman and stained with his blood. A box covered with gold tissue and embroidered with pearls enclosed the precious relic. But the feet of Moslem pilgrims no longer tread the pavement of this shrine: Christian incense burns before the high altar, and Latin chants echo from the choir. When St. Ferdinand the Conqueror entered the captured city of Cordova, his first act was to purify the mosque and dedicate it to the Virgin. Several chapels and altars were added. But it was not until later, in 1521, that the great transept and choir were begun. This latter work was designed by Hernan Ruiz, and finished by his son, Diego de Praves. It is in style Morisco, Gothic and platercsrue. The high chapel and the choir form a cathedral in themselves, but...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236827775
  • 9781236827777