Sequenced and Arranged

For Lost In Translations Thursday’s Special Pick A Word November 2022: Sequential. The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Opened in 1993, it is the largest functioning mosque in Africa and the 7th largest in the world. It was paid for with mandatory donations by all citizens of Morocco. It is the only mosque in Morocco open to non Muslims. Interestingly, this is not a religious proscription as many assume. When the French established a “protectorate” over Morocco (1912–1956), they passed a law forbidding Muslims from entering Christian churches and forbidding Christians from entering Muslim religious buildings. The French felt this would prevent religious disputes and attempts at conversion. The law is still on the books .

Past Favorite

Arches, the Mosque at Cordoba, Spain

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Square Perspective #31

Arches

Arches, the Mosque at Cordoba, Spain

The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba or the Mezquita) in Córdoba, Spain is one of the greatest achievements in Moorish architecture. Construction of the mosque began in the 8th century after the Islāmic conquest of al-Andalus.. Begun by Abd al-Rahman I in A.D. 785 and expanded three times by his successors in the Umayyad dynasty, the mosque could hold 40,000 people. Córdoba became the capital of the Umayyad caliphate. With the caliphate came the artistic and architectural style elements of Syria and Byzantium, which mixed with existing design and building elements to become what is known as the Moorish style. The use of horseshoe, multifoil, and other arches in mosques in Spain helped spread Islāmic design throughout Europe. Arches served structural and functional purposes but became more decorative in Moorish design. The Mezquita combined Moorish and European elements. The innovative double arch arcade, with horseshoe arches supporting semi-circular arches, permitted a higher ceiling in the hypostyle prayer hall.

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Only one rule, the image must be square. Thank you Becky for hosting this wonderful challenge. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for October.

 

Wordless Wednesday

Lights, hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turket

Egypt Memories

The Land of the PHARAOHS

Greetings, Egypt

Felucca on the Nile, Near Aswan, Egypt

Hieroglyphics, Edfu, Egypt

Mosque of Ibn Tulin, Cairo, Egypt

While these shots have been in previous posts, they are among my favorites. The Egypt trip as a whole is one of my top two or three ever.

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Time Squared: # 10

Quiet Time

Early morning in Istanbul. Blue Mosque/Sultan Ahmet Mosque

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