Images of the Spain of Maimonides
See also Cairo

 


Minaret of the Great Mosque of Cordoba, as seen from the interior courtyard.
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba, view of the mihrab, built in 961 under Al-Hakim.
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba, exterior, Puerta San Esteban, late 8th century
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba; interior view of Al Mansur's extension of the mosque of 978/9 to East. Begun in 785 by Ummayad Emir of Cordoba Abd al-Rahman I, on site of Church of St. Vincent. Recycled Roman & VisGothic columns & capitals. Nave and 10 aisles, 12 bays in length. Extended 848 to South by Abd ar-Rahman II; in 961 extended to South by Al Hakam.
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba, exterior, eastern wall
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba, aisles with identical capitals and columns, expansion made under al-Mansur
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba. View of the original portion of the mosque built by Abd al Rahman I in 786. Detail of arches with alternating voussoirs and columns and capitals created from Roman spoila.
   
Great Mosque of Cordoba. View of the original portion of the mosque built by Abd al Rahman I in 786. Detail of arches with alternating voussoirs and columns and capitals created from Roman spoila.
   
Madinat al-Zahra, 936-945, built by Abd al-Rahman III (891-961, founder of the Cordoba Caliphate)
   
Madinat al-Zahra (the palace and administrative center of Abd al-Rahman III)
   
View of La Giralda, the Almohad minaret built by Jabir in 1184-1196 and converted into a Christian belltower by H. Ruiz in 1568 during the conversion of the Great Mosque of Seville into the Cathedral of Seville.
   
Detail of Ablution fountain in courtyard of the Cathedral of Seville. Built originally by Jabir as the Mosque of Seville under the Almohads in 1184-1196. Converted into a Christian Cathedral in 1568 by H. Ruiz.
   
Avila: walls of the city. 11th-12th centuries
   
San Miguel de Escalada, Leon. Exterior.

 

 

Cairo

Ben-Ezra Synagogue, Cairo (Fostat)

This synagogue from the time of Maimonides was called originally the synagogue of 'the men of Israel', built in the year 882 on the remains of the basilica of a Coptic church that had been sold to Jews. It became known as the Synagogue of Elijah the Prophet and as the Ben Ezra. The ancient Cairo Geniza, a depository for sacred Hebrew books that were no longer usable, was found in this synagogue.

   
Interior view of the Ben-Ezra synagogue
   
Detail from the ark of the Ben-Ezra synagogue

For more information on the Ben-Ezra or the Cairo Geniza see:
http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/History/Genizah.html
http://www.bh.org.il/Communities/Synagogue/cairo.asp


 

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