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Mohamedan their

tions

THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

architecture rouses,

and

in the radiant colours of

freedom from tradikaleidoscopic art we trace ever the early which made them in art, as well as in military success, the

only untrammelled and

ideally adaptive

conquerors that the

world has seen. the influx of foreign architects into the capital of Islam that any real impetus arose there for building, and not a century after the Arab invasion of Spain till the ninth century It

—

was not

till

—

that the native architecture

—

began to take form.

Then came

the pulling down of the simple mosques and the usual changes houses and the erecting of new. Buildings of stone and even of

marble sprang up modelled after the neo-Roman style, with as still existing gardens attached, many of which are mentioned

of the Arab geographer Masardi in the thirteenth The architecture of the Arabs near their base and in

in the time

century. the conquered countries of the East remained, from that time on, distinct from the style developed by the Moors of Spain, and further have diverged had it not been for the constant rapport between the Mohamedans of Spain and their cradle at Mecca in the pilgrimages to the sacred city. Spreading them-

might

till

selves

out in every direction from their desert, not in large a marvellous power of amalgamating other

numbers but with

Arabs naturally founded their archiin their path, and which were models found the upon impregnated with the vices of the Roman style of that period from the baths of Diocletian to the buildings of Justinian. They

races to their banner, the

tecture

Roman buildings to their use, changed temples and churches with their atriums into mosques, made use of the marbles and columns, and generally exhibited all the features of a rising but uninventivc race. But this abundance of foreign material converted

already shaped was an element against rather than in favour of their producing a style of their own, and it no doubt retarded the

development of the Oriental

spirit

of

Mohamedan

art.

It

was

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In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

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Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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