The Mezquita or great mosque in Cordoba is a great example of the Hispano Moorish style.. . . One characteristic of the Mezquita is the forest of marble pillars supporting arches made of alternating bands of red brick and pale yellow limestone. 
 “Imagine a forest, and imagine that you are in the depths of this forest, and that you can see nothing but the trunks of the trees. This, no matter on what side of the mosque you look, the eye sees nothing but columns. It is a limitless forest of marble . . .” 
 — Edmondo de Amicis, on his visit to Spain in  La Spagna
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