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THE MOORISH GARDENS OF Cyrus reviewed

his

Greek army

;

SPAIN

such parks, in

77

fact, as the

Persian kings and satraps surrounded their palaces with. The grounds of Cordova and those of Baza may have been modelled

on

but such vast plantations were little adapted to the palaces of the Moors and for their harems. Something at once more fanciful than the classic gardens of a Roman villa, this plan

;

exquisitely natural than those of the Greeks, was needed to satisfy the secluded life and monotonous social existence of the

less

Moorish

interior.

Whoever

has glanced over the designs of an will only genuine desert garden

ancient Egyptian garden — the

—

trace a certain resemblance to the long or square water-tanks, planted on either side with rows of fruit trees, which repeat themselves in varied designs from end to end, while all is en-

closed within a high wall.

Whether

across the

Roman

age the

Arabs gathered any inspiration from these cultivated oases is but conjecture, but the expressions of all desert people, however countless the changes rung upon them, of which the ages never lose the thread.

all

have a

common

root,

Nevertheless,if we would understand the tangible characteristic of the Moorish gardens in Spain, we must turn very especially

Roman

spirit which distinguishes are said to talk of planting a garden ; the English o{ This building spirit, which talked one. ancient Romans building

to

them.

days for the architectural

We

expressed itself in terraces and courts, was the were, though on so dainty and regulated

last

outcome

as

it

a scale, of the architectural

the landscape gardening of the ancients, those mad of an irregulated imagination which sought to toy with a flights of the past. The pleasure giant Nature as in the hanging gardens tastes

in

of "building" within a limited compass, terraces, pavilions, fountains and streams ; of training the playful mystery of Nature without any gigantic struggle with her forces is dwelt upon in the description of Pliny's Tuscan Villa

—

;

a description to which,

once familiar with Moorish gardening, one may well turn with

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

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

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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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