Mosaic designs of the Puerta de las Palmas (Door of the Palms), Great Mosque of Córdoba



The Puerta de las Palmas (Door of the Palms) stands in alignment with the Puerta del Perdón (Door of Forgiveness) and leads from the courtyard into the central larger aisle of the original mosque. The present structure dates to the restoration under later Christian rule by the architect Hernán Ruiz I in 1533. In that time, it became the setting for royal coronation ceremonies in which the royal flag would be ceremonially blessed. While this space became a source of Spanish political legitimacy and rule, the variety of mosaic designs shown in this work speaks to the continued legacy of Islamic visual traditions seen on earlier exterior decoration around the mosque.

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