One of the places Obooki found himself in his festive wanderings was the Mesquita in Cordoba. Here are some pictures of it (culled unselectively from Google) – but can you tell me what’s missing from them all?
Yes, that’s right: every single one of these pictures – just like pretty much every single picture taken of the Mesquita at Cordoba on the internet – has carefully angled itself so as to include as little of the Christian desecration of this marvellous building as possible.
What is missing from these photographs are all the dull paintings of religious scenes and all that gaudy Christian bling that Spanish cathedrals are always full of. If only they could have just left the architecture alone, so that all we had was these vistas of colonnades, rather than stick a great Christian altar in the middle and destroy the wondrous sight-line there must once have been. Yet, although no one seems remotely interested in the Christian parts (people liked the Islamic and the Visigothic elements – or even the early non-representational Romano-Hispanic Christian stuff), these seemed the only parts where there was any restoration work going on.