Historic mosque in Toledo
The Mosque of Cristo de La Luz is one of the most interesting and famous Moorish monuments in Toledo, and the only Moorish mosque which still retains much of its original aspect. The mosque is located besides what was once one of the most important gates to the city (you can still see the original Roman road) and, despite its fame, was actually a small neighborhood mosque when it was built in the year 999 AD.
The mosque’s white-washed interior is filled with Moorish-style arches which support nine decorative domes, each one unique, and larger central cupola. The columns which support the arches were taken from earlier Visigoth structures. After Toledo was re-taken by the Christians, the mosque was converted into a Christian church, and an apse was added and decorated with beautiful though now-faded frescoes. These frescoes were perhaps my favorite part. They’re reminiscent of Byzantine-style paintings (a type of artwork I really love) and their location side by side with Arabic calligraphy is a pretty amazing mix.