Empire of the Western Mediterranean
This chapter examines the history of the establishment of the Almohad Empire. The almost unprecedented power of the Almohads was reflected in the confidence of their architecture and art. The Almohad Giralda Mosque of Seville, whose minaret remains as the bell tower of the cathedral of Seville, outshone most mosques of the East. The Almohads often used architects and artists from throughout the Mediterranean, many of whom came from as far away as Sicily. The architect of the Giralda was Abu Layth Al-Siqilli, showing the lasting Mediterranean influences of the architectural styles of the Almohad Empire. The remains of Almohad influence are also scattered throughout the Maghrib, a distant but powerful reminder of a once magnificent unity under Berber rule.
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