Photo Album: Mosque - Cathedral of Cordoba Spain/Detail of mosaic over Mihrab

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Byzantine mosaics in Mihrab of Al-Hakam II great mosque in Cordoba

Photo by J. Entrenas - ©2005

The Eastern Roman Emperor, or Basileus, Nicephoros Phocas (Nicephorus II) sent Al-Hakam II fine mosaic glass of many colors, some covered with gold leaf, to decorate the new Mihrab of the expanded Great Mosque. A Greek master came to Cordoba to work for several years on the project, training the Caliph's artisans in his craft. In Arabic, this mosaic work was called fusaifisa.

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