Catholic Church Rewrites History And Angers Muslims In Spain Reply

Mezquita Cordoba Spain

Sandrine Morel writes for Worldcrunch.com–Back in 1984, UNESCO included Spain’s Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba on its World Heritage list. Thirty years later, the site that tourist guides describe as one of Andalusia’s architectural masterpieces — a symbol of the golden age of the Umayyad civilization and of the “concord” between religions — now represents conflict. Though the exceptional monument, also called the Mezquita, remains, the diocese in charge of it has dropped the “Mosque” part of its name, calling it simply a “Cathedral,” which has angered many.

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Critics Say Catholic Church Suppresses Spanish Mosque History Reply

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From The Standard.com/hk, March 13, 2014–Spanish campaigners accuse the country’s Catholic Church of trying to cover up the Islamic history of Cordoba Cathedral, a world heritage site that was originally a mosque. It is one of the most famous Islamic sites in Europe, but those coming to learn about that are left none the wiser by the information leaflets given out to tourists, critics say, AFP’s Elodie Cuzin reports.

“For the citizens of Cordoba, what has hurt our feelings is that they have cut off the name and the memory of the monument,” said Antonio Manuel Rodriguez, a law professor at Cordoba University. More…

Take a Quick Timelapse Trip Around Andalusia Reply

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This four-and-a-half-minute timelapse video from the Spanish Tourist Office takes us  on a trip round Andalusia, Spain’s largest and southernmost region, focusing  on its culture, important cities, picturesque towns, accommodation and entertainment, and its modern range of services for visitors. Most foreign travelers consider Andalusia the most “typical” and most enchanting of the Spanish regions, as it offers what most people expect to find in Spain: sunny beaches, fiestas with girls in frilly flamenco dresses and gentlemen on horseback, and some of the finest tapas bars in Spain.This video includes:

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When the Moors Ruled in Europe – History of Islam in Spain. Part 2 1

medina-azaharaAs this second and last part of When the Moors Ruled in Europe opens Bettany Hughes takes us to Medina Azahara, the ruins of a vast, fortified Arab Muslim medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III, Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba, in order to give credence to an Andalusian caliphate. Located on the western outskirts of Córdoba, construction on the complex began in 936 a.d., and by 1010 it was conquered and razed during a civil war waged against the caliph by traitorous mercenaries, never to rise again. More…

Cordoba, Vida y Genio (Life and Genius) Reply

Cordoba AndalusiaThis 16-minute video of Cordoba, produced by the tourist bureaus of the city and province in 2011, relies on music to convey impressions of Cordoba’s cultural offerings in the performing arts, architectural jewels, popular fiestas and excursions to some of its astonishingly beautiful surrounding towns. Spanish conductor and composer, Lorenzo Palomo’s Cordoba Nocturne runs through the presentation, interspersed with excerpts of flamenco guitar music. More…