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CHAPTER

IV

Origins of ^Moorish zArchitecture in Spain " The Moors introduced a style (of architecture) more fanciful and ornamental, which beside had this advantage it brought with it no recollections of Landor. deterioration and decay." :

—

"

My

MoHAMEDAN

art

Unclasp from yours who can."

— Browning.

profound than the Greek or Gothic, is more difficult to grasp because of its delicacy, It is, and its exotic growth, and the wider field that it covers. far less

though

architecture,

will always remain, elusive in style, origin,

what

is

it

Arabian or

.''

**

and even

in

name

;

for

Moorish," Sassanian, Coptic, Persian Whereas antique architecture de-

Mohamedan veloped slowly from its own or genuinely

.''

roots deeply implanted in the strong influences of Nature herself, and confined for expression to little else

than temple or theatre, the art

Spain

is

known

as the

Moorish of

that of a mysterious and unchanging personality, a purely expressing itself through its victorious religion in

racial taste

every form of building from mosque accentuated the Oriental character as

to alcazar.

This

taste

developed, but never underwent decline such as marked the Renaissance in later days.

The humblest

it

achievements of the Spanish Arabs are marked by

the same grace and elegance, the same singularly fanciful character, as were their noblest palaces and loftiest minarets. It was an architecture noticeably human, expressing always the strong sentiment of the nomad for the desert, and, in spite of the verdict of

one French

ment to

critic

their

who

refuses to trace the

native source,

all

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germs of the developseen and felt the

who have

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