The combination of Moorish and Christian religious architecture is a sight to behold. I've never seen anything like it. These double arches were an innovation in their time, and there seems to be no end to them. In fact, there are 856 columns in this mosque-cathedral.
The shape of the ceiling above the choir area reminded me of the Sistene Chapel.
The mihrab, or apse, of the mosque is still in tact. The dome is incredibly beautiful.
The mihrab traditionally faces east toward Mecca, but this richly gilded one faces south.
While Muslim and Christian religious architecture co-exist beautifully in this place of worship, Muslims are prohibited from praying here. What a pity.
I wandered around this amazing place for an hour and a half, until my fingers started to get numb from the cold. I leave you with a few more images of my visit.
The courtyard is paved with these little stones--very hard on the sole.
And there were lots of orange trees there.