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Why the back scratching ...

Why the back scratching ...
Because he sits on history, MERTOLA.
The old mosque of Mértola, the most emblematic monument in the city, was built in the second half of the 12th century, in an area where a palatine ensemble is thought to have existed since Late Antiquity. In the building, several elements were reused from previous buildings, as part of an architrave and several fragments of Roman inscriptions, from the 2nd century. In addition, the current church still conserves two Corinthian capitals dating from the 9th century and, in the immediate surroundings, datable pieces from the Visigothic era were identified, which reinforces the status of this place as a of the most important in the city perimeter over time.
The mosque was slightly larger than the current church, in that it had six spans (and not the 4 of today), supported by twenty columns (currently there are 12). Planimetrically, it had a "T" structure, the central naves being wider and the one that was implanted next to the qibla, a spatial arrangement that was already understood as the result of a direct inspiration in contemporary Moroccan models, with particular emphasis on the mosque of Tinmal (1153-54) .
The ceiling was made of polychrome wood (completely suppressed in the 16th century) and unloaded a curious roof over it, composed of "five gable roofs that covered each of the naves" , which was still designed by Duarte d'Armas in 1509.

Boro, aNNa schramm, Erhard Bernstein, RHH and 17 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Annemarie club
wonderful crop here, nice scene

Finally yesterday we could have a walk in the park ( reopened after 50 days of lockdown)
What a JOY.
18 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
nice story
18 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful candid.
Thank you for the interesting note José.
18 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Very nice scene, Jose !!!
18 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
What a wonderful rich history this treasure of a building has!

Keep safe and well Jose
18 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Fabulous shot! Stay well!

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18 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A fine snap-shot, José !
18 months ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
When the doors of perception open, all things will appear as they really are: infinite.
(William Blake)
Thanks Jose.
A good and peaceful night for you.
18 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful capture Jose

Thank you for posting in the group
18 months ago.
Danielle club
Bien vu et très intéressant !
18 months ago.
Zulma club
Very nice and good title...I wouldn't have known.
18 months ago.
RHH club
Interesting information and makes me wish I could see the building instead of sitting outside and scratching my back.
18 months ago.
RHH club
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