Archaeology in the Mosque foundational. Ivory Pedro Ruiz


An interesting summary of the space of the mosque from the perspective of the official archaeologist of the Cabildo.

Andl archaeologist Pedro Ivory perhaps the most authoritative voice to speak about what the mosque keeps in his basement. He has directed some of the most recent interventions. In the network we find a great article he gives news of where these jobs. I reproduce here a fragment hopefully encourage reading.

(…) The finding of the Church of Santa Catalina confirms that with by the Cathedral Basilica of San Vicente a set of buildings arising from new political and religious order that was reached after the demise of the Western Roman Empire rose. These constructs were, on the one hand, reflection of religious power exercised by the bishop as a representative of the Church, with the cathedral and its service buildings, and on the other the seat of power civil, crystallized in the existing palace next to the cathedral. Namely, San Vicente, see of Córdoba, in their environment would consolidate a number of additional buildings, that would strengthen the religious function of this urban area, such would be the case of the Church of St. Catherine. Moreover, the existence of the Byzantine governor of the palace and Visigoth ("Palace of Rodrigo") on the site of what later became the Emirate and Caliphate quarterdeck to become Christian episcopal palace and fortress denotes the obvious intent of the civil power associated with divinity and legitimacy that entails. (…)

(…) With respect to the remains of the Basilica of San Vicente know on the one hand the extraordinary range and richness of architectural decoration materials factory reused in the Mosque, as well as those elements in one way or another have come down to us as antiquities, and other work done by D. Felix Hernandez who conducted excavations at various points in the Mosque. Excavated at St. Stephen's Gate, in the NW corner. Patio de los Naranjos and into the prayer hall of the Mosque of Abd al-Rahmam I. (…)

Pedro Ivory has worked over 17 years trying to bring out the Cordovan heritage. a directed excavations Cercadillas, the Caliphate Baths, the Baths of San Pedro, those of the Fish, Santa Clara, the Church of San Pedro and the expert Magdalena.Es in the Mosque, of which he has made the study of the western façade, excavation of the Patio de los Naranjos, the facade of this R Rahman, Chamber of Hishen I Ablutions and the Dome of the Maqsura. Just published a complete study of the gate of St. Stephen : “Viziers DOOR OF MOSQUE OF CORDOBA OMEYA

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  1. No time like estaréis but it is high time to get the guidance. Then develop an index that can serve as a guide, always subject to change. I would like us to meet this month to outline some issues, so check your diaries and date. A hug.


    1. Background of the Great Mosque. The Basilica of St. Vincent and the environment. Center of civil and religious power of Córdoba VI-VII century.
    2. Qurtuba. Topography of madina.
    3. The mosque. Construction phases. The founding mosque 'Abd al-Rahman I. Hisham I and the first minaret. Extensions of 'Abd al-Rahman II and Muhammad I restorations, Al-Mundhir y Abd Allah. 'Abd al-Rahman III and the proclamation of the Caliphate of al-Andalus. The second minaret. Extensions of al-Hakam and Ibn Abi Amir (Almanzor)
    4. The historiographical documentation
    5. The archaeological documentation and restorations. XIX-XXI centuries.
    6. The congregational mosque of Cordoba as the most representative building through the centuries.
    7. Glossary
    8. Specific Bibliography

  2. I invite you to join the facebook group Mezquita and facebook page Mezquita. A hug. Pedro.

  3. Hi Peter, We're glad you're familiar with our blog. Bruno Franco told us to see us the next time you come by Cordova. In any case, try to be on Friday chatting on Bailio.
    A hug
    Esteban Ruiz

  4. Dear Ana, first of all apologize for the delay contestarte, but we've been on vacation; you know Córdoba and summer are not compatible.
    Regarding the question you ask us, I personally think Olagüe has been a little outside of the current thesis in certain aspects of the Arab invasion in the south of the peninsula. About the Mosque I like to think that I Abderrahman ships are practically the Basilica of San Vicente belonging to large religious complex and Visigoth power, as there are data that make it impossible to build in the period dating. One year. Also, found the remains of mosaics have every aspect of Roman remains prior to the construction of the basilica. repatir you again that is a personal opinion with my limited knowledge archaeological.

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