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Old 01-10-2005   #31 (permalink)
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I think I know

what is mudéjar*style?

is that the correct question? is that the correct question? IS THAT THE CORRECT QUESTION?

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* The Mudejar style, resulting from Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures living side by side, emerged as an architectural style in the 12th century on the Iberian peninsula. It is characterised by the use of brick as the main material. Mudejar did not involve the creation of new shapes or structures (like Gothic or Romanesque), but reinterpreting Western styles through Muslim influences.
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Mozarabic style...sort of Gothic?
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Mudéjar style is perhaps a hint about something that I have not yet shown to you. But it is not the element of design that I was looking for with respect to this building.
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Great report and pictures, Michael. As for the towers, hmmm... they're both topped with a crown? They're "mozarabic-style" towers (straight from the cheat sheet)? They're belfries? They're illuminated? Okay, I'm all guessed out.

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Michael!

Thank you so much for your pictures, especially of Merida. Keep 'em coming!!!
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could it be the pyramidal spires?
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In regards to the bell towers. They are the first that I have seen that are built OFF-SET from their base.

This, I think makes them unique.
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Great Merida pictures. I would love to go there.
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Is the answer the Towers are Mirror images of each other?

Great Pics.
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I dont thinks its just the perspective of the camera. but the two towers windows have different proportions...surely thats not accidental
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I apologize for being very blunt but thetraveller is dead wrong. And C943 is closing in on the correct answer.
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It seems strange for a Cathedral to have arrow slits. So much for winning their hearts and minds I guess.
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The bell towers are off-center, each to the wall side......not concentric (if they were circles)...


The oldest cathedral on the continent, it was built between 1561 and 1598. Much of the stone in the cathedral's walls came from the ruined buildings of Tihó, the former Maya city. The original finish was stucco, and you can see some remnants still clinging to the bare rock. However, people like the way the unfinished walls show the cathedral's age. Notice how the two top levels of the bell towers are built off-center from their bases -- an uncommon feature.

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An example of how Merida came to be known as The White City, due to the use of Limestone, White Marble and White Paint...

The house of Francisco de Montejo and the Paseo de Montejo is quite a popular attraction, design wise...a FABULOUS looking city....thanks Michael for the homework!

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By special request here are a few more pictures of Merida.

There is traffic



Santa was in town.


And while some streets (near the stores) are crowded during the day, other streets are deserted.



The use of color is throughout Mexico brightens the villages and the cities.





Like any big city they have their pigeons in the Plaza



And look at all of this ironwork








There are many nice quiet Plazas, a great refuge from the crowded streets near the shops.



The girls pick up some refreshments.



And back to those towers again.
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