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The decline of nature symbolism and the rise of architectural symbolism were closely linked. In their attitudes toward nature and its depiction, the Byzantines of the Middle Ages were in constant dialogue with neighboring cultures of Western Europe and Islam. They reacted against the mosques, which excluded all portrayals of the human figure, allowing only images of plants. And they reacted against Western churches, which eventually allowed the curtain to be drawn, revealing the terrestrial world in all of its variety.
70 There is some sporadic evidence that in the early Islamic period Muslims occasionally used Christian churches for prayer,71 and it has been suggested that this practice increased the pressure on Christians to make their places of worship follow Muslim prohibitions. 72 Muslim attitudes to images of living beings in sacred places surely caused the Christian communities to reassess their own practices; the Arab invasions gave new urgency to the debates about the acceptability of nature-derived imagery that had taken place earlier within the Christian community itself.
For an illustration of this principle, we may examine as an example the Church of the Virgin at Madaba, which was probably constructed toward the end of the sixth century. Originally, a floor mosaic depicting a grid or trellis of florets was laid in the nave and narthex of the church (figure 1-18). In the eighth century the central portion of the original mosaic was replaced by a large square containing an aniconic composition of circles and squares framing an inscription (figure 1-19). 76 The inscription begins with these words: “Looking on Mary the Virgin Mother of God and on Christ whom she bore, king of all, only son of the only 74 Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova colllectio, vol.