ARCHTECTURE Mudejar Is Weird …

Posted by on 28. Dezember 2015

Mudejar

The Sursock Palace in Beirut (Lebanon) ...

Mudejar

… and Can Corbella in Palma de Majorca (Spain)

ISN’T IT STRANGE? When „Orientalism“ became the fashion of the European „Salons“, in the second half of the 19th century, rich people copied (or imported) what gave them a feeling of Harun & Harem, of Oasis & Odalisks, of Beduins & Baclava. Even empe- rors & kings went on expeditions to Baalbek, Ninive and Louxor, archeologists robbed the Middle East blind – and every household had to have at least one Moroccan pouf. Corresponding with this Arabian renaissance, a new architecture was invented: Never seen before, a caricature of the Orient style, and so weird in appearance, that the Disney artist could have made the blueprints. It is called MUDEJAR. What’s even more surprising than the sheer existence of this strange architec- ture was it’s re-import to the Middle East! The colonial gentleman, and even their counterparts in the soci- eties of countries like Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and Egypt (just to name a few), loved MUDEJAR, brought it with them and erected Palaces & Palais in this style. With window glass in blaring colors, useless but decorative turrets, balconies with carved ornaments, wide buildings with almost vertical elements only, and facades which, if not the cartoon artists of Disney, old fashioned confectioners in the Bazaar could have produced. Just look at the Sursock-Museum in Beirut and the Can Corbella in the Placa Cort in Palma de Majorca. The two cities are 2,972 km or 1,847 mi away – and MUDEJAR connects them! The island which was an Islamic province for roughly 300 years, now mocking the Moors with MUDEJAR, and the Christian republic, always in danger of being conquered by the Arabs, also mocking the Oriental attitude with MUDEJAR. Am I wrong? I don’t think so. At least ii is nice the compare the different branches of MUDEJAR and enjoy this cartoon architecture …

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