Mosque of Madīnat Al-Zahrā

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Inspired by the ruins of the mosque of Madīnat Al-Zahrā, "The Shining City", a vast, fortified Andalusian palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III (912-961), the first Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba.

In 1010 it was sacked and destroyed in a civil war, and thereafter abandoned, with many elements re-used elsewhere. Its ruins were excavated starting from the 1910s.

Only about 10 percent of the 112 hectares (0.43 sq mi) of the palace have been excavated and restored, and this area includes "two caliphal residences, with associated bath complexes, two aristocratic residences, and service quarters... spaces associated with the palace guard; some large administrative buildings... the extraordinary court complex, presided over by the reception hall... the great garden spaces, and just outside this area, the congregational mosque".
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