Moorish Architecture from Around the World

In this post, I am going to review Moorish architecture that is found around the world, of both examples that are still standing and in us today, and examples that are no longer in existence.

Most of the information presented in this post comes research that I have already done.

I am going to start at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, considered to be one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Europe.

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain, is a palace and fortress complex, the construction of which was said to have begun in 1238 by Muhammad I Ibn al-Ahmar, the first Nasrid emir, and the last Muslim dynasty in Spain, ending with the Fall of Granada under the last Nasrid emir, Muhammad XII, surrendering all lands to Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon.

In our historical narrative, the Moors ruled Spain from 711 AD to 1492 AD, and is the only time period that the Moors were acknowledged to have an historical presence.

The Alhambra’s name is derived from Arabic words meaning the “Red One” or the “Red Fortress,” in reference to the reddish hue of its walls.

The Comares Palace is the most important palace of the Alhambra, and was the residence of the ruler.

These two photos show the decor of what is called the “Gilded Room” in the Comares Palace…

…and here is a comparison of examples of the same design pattern found in Alhambra Art on the left; a carved wooden relief in the Coricancha in Cusco, Peru, in the middle; and in the central window in the front of the Central Synagogue of New York  on the right.

This is the Court of the Lions, the main courtyard of the Alhambra’s Palace of the Lions, with a 1910 photo and what it looks like today.

It certainly appears that there used to be a dome here that is no more.

Okay, so with Spain’s acknowledged Moorish past, let’s take a look at other places around the world with similar architecture.

Delhi, India, also has a “Red Fort.”

It served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors.

It’s construction was said to have been commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1638, and its design was credited to architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori…

…the architect who also got the credit for the Taj Mahal, which has a nice alignment every full moon, also said to have been commissioned by Shah Jahan.

I am struck by the similar appearance of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Hui Mosque, in Yinchuan, China.

We are told the Scots Baronial and Moorish Revival styles had been introduced on the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea region in the 1820s by British architect Edward Blore.

Blore was also said to not have any formal training in architecture – his training was in “Antiquarian Draftsmanship.” 

Blore was credited with the design of the Vorontsov Palace in Alupka, Crimea, said to have been built between 1828 and 1846.

Here is a comparison of more architecture on the grounds of the Vorontsov Palace in the Crimea on the left, and the Jama Masyid Mosque in Delhi, India, on the right, also said to have been built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656.

This is photo of the historical Alhambra Theater in El Paso, with its ornate and intricately-designed  facade…

El_Paso,_Texas - Alhambra_Palace_Theater,_

…just like what we see at the Alhambra in Spain.

Alhambra, Grenada Spain

This is the inside of the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater in Menomonie, Wisconsin, said to have been built in 1889 by Andrew and Bertha Tainter as a memorial for their daughter Mabel who passed away from a ruptured appendix in 1886.

It has the same kind of intricate design patterns.

 The historic Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles, Oregon, is still in use as a theater today.

It was said to have been built in the Moorish Revival style, between 1929 and its opening in 1930, and is famous for having been the first theater west of the Mississippi to show a “talkie.”

This is the Alhambra Theater in Bradford, England, said to have been built starting in 1913 and opening in 1914 .

The architects credited with it, Chadwick and Watson, were said to have described it as “English Renaissance of the Georgian period.”

Speaking of the Georgian period, architect John Nash was given credit for the design of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton Beach.

It was said to have been commissioned by the Prince Regent George as a seaside resort, with construction starting in 1787 and completed in 1823.

The style is described as “Indo-Saracenic.”

Saracen is an older term in England referring to Arabs or Muslims…as well as megalithic stones. These are Saracen, or Sarsen, stones.

This is the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

It was said to have been built originally to become a large Shrine Temple, but the 2.75 million dollar project exceeded their budget…

…so the project was said to have been leased to movie mogul William Fox. The Fox Theater opened in 1929, two months after the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. The Theater closed 125-weeks after it opened. New owners acquired it, Paramount Pictures and Georgia-based Lucas & Jenkins, after the mortgage was foreclosed in 1932.

The Altria Theater is located at the southwest corner of Monroe Park in Richmond, Virginia.

We are told that it was built between 1925 and 1927.

Formerly known as The Mosque, and the Landmark Theater, it was said to have been built for the Shriners of the Acca Temple Shrine.

The Elsinore Theater first opened in Salem, Oregon in 1926, with the owner George Guthrie enlisted, we are told, the architectural firm of Lawrence and Holford to design the building in the Tudor Gothic style meant to resemble the city of Elsinore from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.”

Said to have originally been designed for live performances and silent films, in 1929, the owner leased the theater to Fox West Coast Theaters, and then a year later to Warner Brothers Theaters, which ran it as a movie theater until 1951.

It began a general decline starting in the 1950s into a second-run movie theater, and was set to be demolished in 1980, but was saved by a grass-roots effort, and, over time, massive restoration was undertaken to restore the Elsinore to its former grandeur.

The Missouri Theater building in St. Joseph were said to have been designed by the Boller Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri, in the Atmospheric style, using a combination of Art Deco and Moorish detailing, and completed in 1927.

The Boller Brothers, Carl Heinrich and Robert Otto, were credited with the design of almost 100 classic theaters in the midwestern United States in the first-half of the 20th-century.

This next building is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Originally called the Mincks-Adams Building, it still stands today as the “Adams Apartments.”

It was said to have been built between 1927 and 1928 as a hotel intended to attract businessmen for the burdgeoning Oklahoma Oil Industry.

The old Akdar Temple Movie Theater in Tulsa was said to have been built around 1922 and demolished in 1971.

Here is an old postcard depicting The Baum Building in Oklahoma City.  It was razed in 1973, supposedly as part of an Urban Renewal project.

OKC - Baum Building

In its day, the Baum Building was compared to the Doge’s Palace in Venice, shown here.

Venice - Doge's Palace

Here are two Moorish-looking old hotels that used to be in Atlantic City – the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, which was said to have been built between 1902 and 1906, and demolished in October of 1978…

…and the Windsor Hotel, about which I can’t find any information to speak of, but presumably long gone like the others.

The Hotel Galvez, a luxury hotel and spa, remains standing as the only historic beachfront hotel on the Gulf Coast of Texas, said to have been built starting in 1910 by the architectural firm of Mauran and Russell in Mission/Spanish Revival Style, and first opened for business in 1911.

Like, for example, Galveston’s historic Beach Hotel, said to have been built in 1882 by Nicholas J. Clayton, a prominent Victorian-era architect in Galveston.

The historic Beach Hotel didn’t even make it to the 1900 hurricane, as it was destroyed by a mysterious fire in 1898.

The Ashbel Smith Building in Galveston, also known as “Old Red,” was also said to have been credited to architect Nicholas J. Clayton, and was built in 1891.

It was the first University of Texas Medical System building.

The West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana, at one time called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” has a dome and atrium that spans 200-feet, or 61-meters…

…and was said to have been built in 1901 in the Moorish architectural style, and until 1955, had the largest free-standing dome in the World.

West Baden Springs at one time had these beautiful Moorish kiosks over mineral springs there.

This postcard circa 1910 shows the Moorish-looking band stand at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, with its unique arches and columns, which was demolished in the 1950s…

…and this is the Latrobe Pavillion in Druid Hill Park still-standing today on the left, with its arches, double-columns, and braces, just like what you see at the Alhambra in Spain on the right.

This structure is located at the southeast corner of Druid Lake in Baltimore, and is called the Moorish Tower, but said to have been designed and built by George Frederick in 1870.

The tower itself is 30-feet high, and said to have 18-inch wide marble walls. The entrance was sealed at some point in the 1900s, so entry is no longer possible.

The Moorish Kiosk in Mexico City has an interesting story.

The person who gets the credit for its existence was a Mexican engineer named Jose Ramon Ibarrola.  

He was said to have designed it to represent Mexico in the New Orleans International Expo in 1884 -1885. 

We are told it was transported there, as well as to the St. Louis Missouri Fair in 1904, and then subsequently came back to Mexico. 

How is my question?!

This is an illustration of the buildings with Moorish design features that were said to have been built specifically for the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition in London’s White City.

The chief architect for the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition was said to be John Belcher, who was President of the Royal Institute of Architects from 1904 to 1906.

In addition to the twenty palaces and eight exhibition halls that were said to have been built expressly for the 1908 Exhibition, there were a number of amusement attractions featured, including the Moorish-looking Flip-Flap in the Elite Gardens.

Altogether, there were six major world exhibitions at White City, from 1908 to 1914.

After the last exhibition, London’s once-grand White City was said to have fallen into disuse and disrepair, and demolished in 1937 to make way for a housing estate.

The Antwerp Zoo in Belgium is one of the oldest in the world. as it was established on July 21st of 1842.

The following are some of the architectural features of the Antwerp Zoo:

The Egyptian Temple, said to date from 1856, which houses the giraffes…

…and the Moor Temple, said to date from 1885, which houses okapis, known as forest giraffes and the world’s first zoo with okapis starting in 1918.

Next are some places in Dubbo in the Australian State of New South Wales.

This is the Old Dubbo Post Office on the left, said to have been built in 1887, compared with the Moorish Clocktower, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, said to have been built starting in 1930…

…and the Band Rotunda in Dubbo on the left is compared with what is called the Moorish Kiosk in Hermosillo, Mexico, on the right.

The massive Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, on the left shares a Moorish-looking appearance with the massive Marunouchi Station in Tokyo on the right.

This image is of a 1922 post card featuring Tokyo’s Nihonbashi, or Japan Bridge, in the foreground, with more gigantic onion-domed, Moorish-looking buildings in the background.

This bridge survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but didn’t survive urban development when it was buried underneath a massive expressway that was built in the 1960s.

You see the same kind of thing going on with the architecture in this historic photo of Seoul, taken in 1919.  Notice in addition to the huge, heavy masonry pictured throughout Seoul, in the center of the photo you see onion domes here as well.

Here is a close-up of that center building.  It is the Bank of Korea, circa 1920.  Check out how huge that building is, relative to the size of the people in the street!

Seoul, South Korea - Bank of Korea, circa 1920

The Korean War started in 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25th following clashes along the border and insurrections in the South.

North Korea was supported by China and the Soviet Union, and South Korea by the United Nations, principally from the United States.

The Korean War was one of the most destructive conflicts of modern times, with around 3,000,000 deaths due to the war, and proportionally, a larger civilian death toll than either World War II or the Viet Nam War; caused the destruction of nearly all of Korea’s major cities; and there were thousands of massacres on both sides.

In Hanoi in Viet Nam, the Grand Palais was said to have been built specifically for the Hanoi Exposition in 1902, andwas completely destroyed by American airstrikes at the end of World War II because when the Japanese took over Viet Nam in 1940, we are told, they based their military and supplies in the palace.

The Victoria Tower in the Westminster Palace complex in London, which houses Parliament, is on the left, the building of which is said to have been completed in 1860, and on the right is the Plummer Building of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said to have opened in 1928.

This is the Giralda Bell Tower, said to have been completed in 1198 in Seville, one of the capitals of Moorish Spain.

The Giralda Bell Tower is co-located with the Cathedral of Seville.

Seville was a capital of Moorish Spain.

The Giralda is also the name of a landmark tower in Kansas City, Missouri.

We are told that after urban developer J. C. Nichols visited Seville, Spain, in the 1920s, he was inspired to build a half-scale replica in Country Club Plaza.

The Giralda Tower in Kansas City was officially christened by the Mayor of Seville in 1967, the same year Kansas City and Seville became sister cities.

The Longwood Mansion, also known as “Nutt’s Folly,” in Natchez, Mississippi, is the largest octagonal house in the United States at 30,000-square-feet, or almost 2,800-square-meters, and has six floors.

This is what we are told about it.

It was built by local cotton-planter Haller Nutt, who was said to have wanted something unusual for his family home and was intrigued by octagonal homes.

He decided to build it in 1860 to replace his first home and started construction shortly after.

Estimates of as many as one million bricks were made for this house.

Then the Civil War started and construction was halted after only the first floor was completed.

The family moved in with the intention that they would return to complete the house after the war was over.

Work halted in 1861 with only nine rooms on the basement floor completed.

Then Haller died at the age of only 48 from pneumonia.

His wife was Julia was left to raise their eleven children in poverty in the lower level of the home.

After the last child who lived here passed away, the home was sold to Kelly MacAdams in 1968 for $200,000.

She repaired the home for two years, leaving the upper levels unfinished to show what war can do.

She gave the home to a local association, the Pilgrimage Garden Club, with the agreement that the home would never be finished.

The colonnaded onion dome of Longwood Mansion…

…reminds me of the one at the Colt Armory in Hartford, Connecticut…

…and the one at the Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal.

Next are examples of Moorish architecture in Florida, of which there are countless examples to choose from.

Henry B. Plant was said to have laid the first railroad tracks in the Tampa area in the 1880s, which was said to have brought in the cigar and phosphate industries.

What became the University of Tampa in 1933 was said to have been built between 1888 and 1891 as the Tampa Bay Hotel to serve as a Victorian-era winter resort for the railroady built by Henry Plant.

Today Plant Hall houses the Henry B. Plant Museum, as well as the main administrative and academic building for the University.

This building is what was the Alcazar Hotel, and is now the St. Augustine City Hall and Lightner Museum, and is called Moorish Revival architecture.

It is important to note that Alcazar was the name given to a type of Moorish castle or palace built in Spain and Portugal during Moorish rule there.

The Villa Zorayda in St. Augustine was said to have been built in 1883 by the eccentric millionaire Frederick W. Smith…

…and was said to be inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, and also called Moorish Revival architecture.

The Castle Warden Hotel in St. Augustine was said to have been built in 1887…

…as a winter home for William H. Warden of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a partner with Henry Flagler and John D. Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Company; President of the St. Augustine Gas and Electric Light Company; and the Finanical Director of the St. Augustine Improvement Company.

It has served as Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum since 1950.

William Deering’s son James, connected with the Deering-McCormick International Harvester fortune, was said to have built the Villa Vizcaya between 1914 and 1922 on Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

Now here’s the thing.  The Moors do not even get credit for their own architecture because they weren’t supposed to be there. 

They were removed from our collective memory. 

They get credit for 700 years in Spain in the historical narrative we have been given, and that is it, and their amazing accomplishments are falsely attributed all over the world.

There is a story given to explain the existence for every building and other infrastructure, and what hasn’t been put to use, or left abandoned, has been demolished in the name of progress and urban renewal, or destroyed in so-called modern warfare.

I have given examples specifically of what is considered to be Moorish architecture because it can be connected to Moorish Spain, but the Moors were the builders of other classical architecture as well…

…where you see examples of both classical and Moorish architecture existing together in places like Bishkek, the capital of the of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.

I am reminded of the last scene from the original “Planet of the Apes” movie, when Charlton Heston realized for the first time in the movie where he actually was the whole time, only in the sense that we do not know where we really are because it has been deliberately removed from our awareness.

We are living and working in, and on top of, the infrastructure of an advanced, ancient civilization, without even knowing it.

The wisdom keepers of this ancient civilization that was not only the Washitaw Empire in North America, but around the world…

…like Tartaria in Asia…

…Barbaria in North Africa…

…and the Mughal Empire in India, just to name a few.

Wealthy empires within the ancient Moorish civilization, dating back to the time of ancient Mu.

Not at odds with each other, but co-creating a beautiful civilization that provided free energy with the highly integrated infrastructure energy-grid.

According to George G. M. James in his book “Stolen Legacy,” the Moors are the custodians of the Ancient Egyptian mysteries.

In St. Petersburg Russia, there are two ancient sphinxes at a quay in front of the Academy of Arts, said to have been brought to Russia from Egypt at the height of Egyptomania in 1832…

…two more on the Egyptian bridge crossing the Fontanka River…

…and two sphinxes in the back courtyard of the Stroganov Palace, all in St. Petersburg.

And when I see the colorful, ornate onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Savior on Blood in St. Petersburg, I am reminded of the turbans of antique Moors’ head jewelry I have seen.

This is the Great Seal of the Moors on the left.

Sure looks familiar, doesn’t it?

The beauty, harmony, and balance of the global Moorish Civilization, from Antiquity, was replaced by a parasitic system, deliberately engineered to cause human suffering and environmental degradation for the purposes of power and control.

I believe the cause of the wiping of this civilization from the face of the earth was a deliberately caused liquefaction event that covered the earth in mud.

Like I said in my last “Short & Sweet #17,” this is all very confusing based on what we have been taught because it was meant to confuse and manipulate us so we would instead fight each other based on things like race and relgion and never know our true history by the Controllers who created the New World Order for their benefit, and not ours.

I think all the pieces of the original civilization that have been separated out as different from each other were once one in the same.

The controllers didn’t rewrite history from scratch – they rewrote the historical narrative to fit their agenda.

But now we are living in the long-prophesied time of the Great Awakening that the Controllers have literally done everything in their power to prevent because it is what they have feared, and of reclaiming the higher timeline for a positive future for Humanity.

Author: Michelle Gibson

I firmly believe there would be no mysteries in history if we had been told the true history. I intend to provide compelling evidence to support this. I have been fascinated by megaliths most of my life, and my journey has led me to uncovering the key to the truth. I found a star tetrahedron on the North American continent by connecting the dots of major cities, and extended the lines out. Then I wrote down the cities that lined lined up primarily in circular fashion, and got an amazing tour of the world of places I had never heard of with remarkable similarities across countries. This whole process, and other pieces of the puzzle that fell into place, brought up information that needs to be brought back into collective awareness.

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