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…

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Spain… On the Road Again, Part 8 – A Sultan’s View of Andalucia Reply

On Road AgainIn this chapter our pilgrims swing south into Andalucía, the part of Spain where the Muslim conquerors reigned for almost 800 years (711 till 1492). Gwyneth and Mark get a taste for Spain’s Moorish history at the majestic Alhambra, the legendary hilltop palace and fortress in Granada. Claudia joins the group for a scenic drive along the Andalucían coast and, with Mark chiming in from the back seat, the group stops in the town of Almuñecar in the province of Granada for local tropical fruit and a meal, after which Gwyneth proclaims, “This is the best day in terms of food.” She then embarks for England and Mark and Claudia push on to beautiful and historic Cordoba, where he teaches her a thing or two about Moorish architecture. More…

Granada’s Alhambra Palace Embodies Poetry, History and Mystery Reply

women Alhambra GranadaThis five-minute video of the Alhambra Palace produced by The Guardian offers us a romantic and literary view of Granada’s 13th-century Moorish palace, which bathed in oriental splendor till the Reconquest of Granada by the Christians at the end of the 15th. You will recall, “In fourteen hundred ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”

It was at that very same time that Ferdinand and Isabella were culminating their conquest of Granada. More…