MIHRAB OF CORDOBA
The Beautiful Mihrab (Prayer Niche) is of the most beautifully decorated parts of this great Mosque. A crescent arch with a rectangular surround known as an alfiz . The leader Al-Hakim II asked the emperor of Byzantium, to send him a mosaicist capable of imitating the superb mosaics of the Great Mosque of Damascus, one of the great 8th-century Syrian Umayyad buildings. The Christian emperor sent the Caliph not only a mosaicist but also a gift of 1600kg of gold mosaic cubes, shaped into flower motifs and inscriptions from the Quran. This gold is what gives the mihrab its sparkle.
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