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The Acoustics of the Cathedral-Mosque of Córdoba. Proposals for Architectural Intervention

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From ancient times, the treatment of sacred spaces has been aimed at restoring the sacralization of the sites rather than the architecture itself. A singular case of intervention in a sacred spaces is that of the Christianization of the Córdoba Mosque, by means of the insertion of two cathedrals in the Muslim site: the Gothic cathedral in the chapel of Villaviciosa and the later 16th century construction of the cathedral transept made up of the main chapel and choir. These two interventions are fitted" to the Islamic mosque, the two architectures being inseparably joined. The difference in the mutual interrelation between the Christian and Muslim space in each of these interventions has obvious repercussions on the acoustic performance of these spaces. In the present work we present a comparative study of the acoustics of these spaces, which are at present used for liturgical and cultural purposes, and also put forward architectural proposals for acoustic intervention on these spaces.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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