Multifoil arch

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Multifoil arches at Alcazaba of Málaga, Andalusia, Spain.

A Multifoil arch is a style of arch that was an architectural element in the Moorish architecture of al-Andalus.[1]

The multifoil arch design was influenced by Islamic art and architecture. Examples are found in the maqsuras and arcades of the Moorish Umayyad Caliphate's mosques, which are located in present-day Spain.

The term is French, "foil" means "leaf." The number of foils involved is indicated by a prefix: trefoil —3, quatrefoil —4, etc., and multifoil —many. [2]

Mosque of Córdoba: multifoil arches in maqsuras.

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  1. ^ Lookuparchitecture: Moorish arches . accessed 11.21.2011
  2. ^ Buffaloah-multifoil arches . accessed 11.21.2011