Re-imagining the Cordoba Mosque with Zara Amjad and Gulzar Haider
The Cordoba Mosque is an iconic symbol of Muslim Spain. Located on the south edge of the historic city, it was built in 785 by the Prince Abd ar-Rahman I the founder of the Umayyad Caliphate of Spain.
In 1236, after the conquest of Cordoba by Fernando III of Castile in the Reconquista, it was consecrated as a Cathedral. A Villaviciosa Chapel and the Royal Chapel were constructed within the Mosque. Further Christian features were added in the fourteenth century, and the minaret of the mosque was converted into the bell tower of the cathedral.
In 1523 a Renaissance Cathedral was built within the expansive structure. The Cathedral was dropped right in the middle of the Mosque and sits in an east to west direction.
It is now largely a tourist site. Services are held on Sundays but Muslims are not allowed to pray in the Mosque.
See how Zara Amjad and Gulzar Haider reimagine the Cordoba Mosque as a space for all regions by downloading here (may take a few minutes to download).
Read more about the re-imagining of the Cordoba Mosque in the sixth issue of Critical Muslim: Reclaiming Al-Andalus