A UKIP devotee has encountered some derision after tweeting that the BBC's announcement of Nigel's intention to stand in Thanet was intentionally filmed in front of a mosque
Here is the mosque in question:
Well, you must admit, it LOOKs like a frigging mosque If it aint, then what are those there wailing towers where Imams sing for and what prat put in Moorish arches, Presumably some Morrocan immigrant pining for bludy Marrakech or Casablanca (have you seen Casablanca for God's sake- a right shit-hole, - no wonder Humphrey Bogarted that joint!)
What is a White Man Van-driver to make of it all? If it looks foreign it bludy well is foreign
Bloody Catholics, appeasing the Islamic lot at Westminster (have you noticed they both wear dresses, yet both condemn tranvestitism?)
Whats wrong with English GOTHIC arches and soaring flying buttresses and the glorious stained glass cathedrals of REAl CofE England?
One thing is for sure - when the Islamic lot gain a majority in London (expected 2nd week of December) then they will certainly make this edifice a Mosque, just like they did in Cordoba and Hagia Sophia - the unChristian bastards!
What you may think is Isamic architecture in spirit, nay, is actually copied from the Byzantine Church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople built in 537 by Christians, long before Islam ever raised its ugly head in the region and predating the mosques subsequently built in "Istanbul" after the fall of Constantinople by nearly a millennium.
The builders of the modern cathedral you posted above probably knew more about the history of Christian architecture than you do, I'm afraid, nay.
What a grand old lady she is! Battered and bruised by time but still standing as a testament to those blessed pre-Islamic times.
When I went to Palma Cathedral, I was amazed at the amount of Islamic-influenced art inside it.
As I understand it, Christians razed most of the mosque on the site in symbolic triumph over the Muslims, but still used most of the remaining Islamic building for Christian worship for many years. And built the cathedral around it.
I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful building managing to show such respect to both religions. And me an atheist, or agnostic at least.
there are many features shared by both Byzantine and Islamic varieties.
Maybe. But the Byzantine Christian Architecture came FIRST in that particular chronology and the model for it was the Church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople which was widely copied by the Turkish mosque architects for its beauty even though it was nearly a thousand years old by the time Constantinople fell. It was, of course, based on the Roman semi-circular arch that was ubiquitous around the Mediterranean courtesy of the Roman Empire and an improvement on the more limited lintel and column space spanning construction of the Greek World that preceded it.
Subsequent muslim architects copied Roman/Byzantine architecture and later also introduced the pointed arch which permitted more flexibility in design than the semi-circular arch of the previous Roman tradition. I would assume that the pre-Islamic conquest Christian churches of Portugal and Spain were also Roman/Romanesque in style though I haven't looked into it. Another guess is that the subsequent development from Christian Romanesque architecture in Europe into more graceful Gothic came courtesy of the pointed arch which was a borrowing from Islamic architecture.
...the Byzantine Christian Architecture came FIRST in that particular chronology...
Is that so very important?
The Greeks and Romans came first - does that mean we have to downgrade all those Renaissance architects who copied and developed theeir styles?
Besides, you may well be right when you say
Another guess is that the subsequent development of Christian Romanesque architecture in Europe into more graceful Gothic came courtesy of the pointed arch which was a borrowing from Islamic architecture.
Everyone requires compassion and understanding. The alternative is always gruesome. (NCS)
I mention all the above because it is a common misconception that the mosques of Istanbul are "Islamic" architecture when they are, in fact, close copies of the greatest Christian Basilica ever built - The Church of Holy Wisdom completed in 537, nearly a millennium before the Turks occupied Constantinople.
Of course, you won't find muslims or the politically correct apologists for them conceding (or even KNOWING) this. Sadly Byzantium is largely ignored in the West and probably forgotten by most Turks and that is why Byzantine "style" architecture (like Westminster Cathedral) is mistaken for the many subsequent Islamic "omages" to Hagia Sofia - whether it be by UKIP spokesmen or anyone else.
But how about Green liar Natalie Bennet attracting some "derision" for her claim yesterday on Any Questions that the UK was "falling behind the rest of the world" in renewable energy provision?
The UK has more offshore wind turbines than the rest of the world put together. Sorry, Natalie, you are an ill informed bigot. Or, more likely, an ideologically driven liar. No-one picked her up on her blatant falsehood. No-one knew, I guess, just like a vanishing small proportion of the population recognise Westminster Cathedral.