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Friday, May 29, 2009

Interior of la Mezquita

This is the islamic portion of the mosque. In the top left corner of the photo you can make out the change in the roof that came from the catholic church. I like this photo because it begins to evoke what must have seemed like a forest of columns in the mosque before the insertion of the church. I found the repetive space very calming. The columns were marble - alternating pink or dark grey and each had mark left by the man who carved it. The mosque was intended to hold 200.000 people - i assume all kneeling down to pray, not standing. The floor is made of large stones that would almost be the equivalent size of a prayer rug (?) and they are laid in the direction of the mirab.

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