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ARABESQUE AND AZULEJO "

nursery of the world, but not the school." " Tout vieux

termed children of the desert.

lOI

Arabs are justly

qu'ils soient

comme

peuple, ce sont de grands enfants."

Though

nothing belonging to the best there are a number of villas reflecting the

Algeria possesses

period of Moorish art, old decorative tastes of the

Moors who had

emi-.

grated from Spain, which have survived by some miracle the iconoclasm of

our

civilisation.

Among

them may be named

the

Bardo, the Biblioth^ue and Archev^ch^ in the town, both genuine Moorthe Villa dwellings Mufti, and others upon

ish

;

which

new wings have

been grafted.

It- is

true

that Algiers itself never attracted the Arabs from

the interior, owing to its liability to earthquakes,

Papyrus

in

the Court of the Bardo, Algiers.

while the internal disturbances between Berbers and emigrants afforded no opening for the arts but during Turkish rule the city ;

was

too important not to absorb an enormous amount of wealth. Those interested in the Mauresque style of decoration and far

building in Spain will certainly not regret visiting the older dwellings here, though he must do so without the aid of guide-book or data of any kind, since the field of seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings of Algeria has been totally neglected for the by

no means profoundly interesting Roman remains of the country, in which the French archaeologists are still absorbed.

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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...

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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