The Moors constructed the Mosque from 784 to 786 A.D. Extensions were added in the 9 th and 10 centuries doubling the original size. Current dimensions form a vast rectangle 590 feet long and 425 feet wide, making it just a little smaller than St. Peters in Rome. The converted minaret has become the belfry which is 300 feet high. One third of the structure is taken up by the Cloister of Oranges which flanks 3 sides of the structure. We entered thru the Southern Doorway off the Orangery into a veritable forest of 850 pillars which create 19 north-south aisles and 29 east-west ones. The pillars are made of jasper, porphyry, and multicolored marbles, each row supporting a tier of open horseshoe arches with various marvels of decoration.
Views of the Moorish Architecture of the Complex
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