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 Moorish Umayyad Caliphate mosque maqsuras and arcades, that 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