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MOORISH ARCHITECTURE wonder

curious

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midst of the great mosque's twelve hundred lamps burning their thousand

as to its origin in the

The

simplicity.

IN SPAIN

" arrobas " of sacred

yearly have long been extinguished, but in no building does the play of tinted sunbeam upon wall and oil

pavement seem to throw such bright and speaking illumination on Mohamedan power as here. Heights which, in the Gothic, measure their vainly yearning desire

against the sky, are absent in

this

many

-

pillared

maze where

columns and shadows of columns, distances and ghosts of distance,

made once an

earthly infinitude for

the faithful.

How

this

dim

was

it

lighted,

religious darkness

.''

Fer-

gusson believes that the upper part of the outer walls consisted origin-

This ally of an open colonnade. marvel of the Middle Ages, considered

as

the

greatest

religious

achievement of the Moors, might almost be regarded as achieved of Islam.

in spite

It

Door of the Court of the Orangery, Cordova.

rose during

what may be termed the first of the -two Arab periods, before the Arabs had transformed their faith into fanaticism and their creed into blind dogma, and when

a

disbelief in

the Prophet was often barely dissimulated ; during the period when this strange people seemed to be forcing the germs of

thought

original

germs

never

ness the

of a race

and

developed

Alhambra

who

intellect

into

lasting

in the true sense,

Alas, these

and when we wit-

beauty we see the work creation have drifted back. The

in all its blinding

in their final

life.

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