Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760-1814. / The Arabian antiquities of Spain
Part I. A description of antiquities at Cordova, pp. -6
A DESCRIPTION OF ANTIQUITIES AT CORDOVA. der of the Faithful, whom God prosper, com- his minister and chamberlain, Jaafar, the son of hman, with whom may God be pleased, to found o wings* among what (other structures) he raised towards God, and for (the divine) favour. And completed in the month Dhu-l-Hijja, in the year "three hundred and fifty-four" (A. D. 965). The former part of this inscription is taken from the Koran, Surit vii. Ayat 44 ; in which Mohammed is announcing the judg- ments, which God will inflict on the infidels, and the rewards and blessings of Paradise, which he will bestow on the faithful. See Sale's Korin, pp. 120, 121. PLATE IX. THE BRIDGE OF CORDOVA. TRADITION relates, that there formerly was a bridge over the Guadalquivir, erected on the site of the present structure, * Literally, shoulders. It is by no means clear, what sort of building is actually intended. I I I I r- .1 * -- I - .1 -- "IL about two hundred years belore the arrival ot the Moors in Spain: but, this edifice being greatly decayed, the Arabs built the bridge delineated in our engraving, during the vice- royship of Assamh, A. H. ioi-A. D. 720 or 721. This noble structure is four hundred paces, or one thousand feet, in length, at two feet six inches each pace; its breadth is twenty-two feet eight inches within the parapet. The passage over the bridge is a straight line, from one end to the other ; the arches are sixteen in number; and the buttresses of the piers are much stronger and better adapted for similar pur- poses, than the modern tri-lateral cut-waters. Nearly eleven centuries have these buttresses withstood the rapid floods of the Guadalquivir, without sustaining any material injury. In the river are erected several mills, the horizontal wheels of which are worked by the stream. One of them, of Arabian construction, was visited by the author, who observed three pair of mill-stones grinding corn. The terraced roof of the building is supported by crescent arches; and the whole is strongly cemented, and well calculated to resist the pressure of the current. END OF THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ANTIQUITIES AT CORDOVA.
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