The Arabs And Their Footprint In Spain

Arabs And Their Footprint In Spain

Arabs And Their Footprint In Spain ? The cultural heritage product of the domain of the Arabs that exists in Spain is impressive. They left as legacy monuments with an architecture rich in artistic refinement that represents all the splendor of a civilization.

We can find p alacios, mosques and fortresses as a sign of a fundamental era in Spain, which are still some of the most visited monuments in the country. Here we have 8 great Arab monuments in Spain.

Mosque of CordobaArab monuments in Spain

1. Mosque of Cordoba

The Mosque of Córdoba, originally Visigothic Basilica, and built between 786 and 988, is one of the Arab monuments where its religious architecture is represented.  Its most outstanding feature is its number of columns in its worship space.

It is a temple with a surprising beauty, currently houses the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady. There is also beauty in its doors and especially in its rich mihra b that indicates the direction of Mecca.

The Alhambra of Granada2.  The Alhambra of Granada

If you want to feel the legacy of the Arabs, a benchmark of Muslim architecture and art is the complex of the Alhambra in Granada.  E s e l best Arab palace in the world and one of the monuments most spectacular in the world.

The residence of the court of the Nazari Kingdom c CCOUNT with a rich interior decoration and spectacular gardens and fountains , which provide for the enjoyment of the senses .

The Alhambra was the last territory that the Arabs maintained in the peninsula, having to abandon it in 1492.

The Generalife3. The Generalife

The Generalife is located next to the Alhambra, it is the villa that the Muslim kings used as a place of recreation and rest, where the water canalization systems used stand out.

The Generalife has a beauty that resides in the harmony and delicacy of the distribution of space and the care of gardens, patios and pools.

The castle of Gormaz4. The castle of Gormaz

The c splintered de Gormaz, located in Soria, it is an impressive Moorish fortress of the ninth century. It was built on another previous fortress, presumably Christian. The first thing you see is a double horseshoe arch at the entrance that shows its Arab origins.

It was one of the main strongholds used in the Muslim defense against the Christian kingdoms of the north and the largest European fortress of its time.

The Reales Alcázares de Sevilla5. The Reales Alcázares de Sevilla

The Reales Alcázares de Sevilla is a walled palace of medieval origin declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. Here we can find different architectural styles: Islamic, Mudejar and Gothic. In later modifications Baroque and Renaissance elements were added.

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This place is one of the most impressive Arab monuments in Spain, it is decorated in m ade and plaster with beautiful mosaics, which make it a place of exquisite beauty.

The Aljafería of Zaragoza6. The Aljafería of Zaragoza

The Aljafería de Zaragoza, another of the best preserved monuments in Spain , is one of the most complex palaces that exist . The Kings of Aragon made it his palace after the reconquest.

This Arab fortress has had several reforms since its construction. From the outside it can be seen as a Christian castle, but by dent it has all the ornaments typical of a Muslim fortress: lobed arches and a courtyard whose origin is clearly Moorish.

The Alcazaba of Málaga7. The Alcazaba of Málaga

The Alcazaba de Málaga, which means citadel in Arabic, is designed as a concentric wall enclosure, with defensive towers that make it one of the military works of Islamic culture that has lasted best in time.

From the elements now visible, the importance of the square can be argued and the spaces of its urban design can still be seen, with doors, arches and the old housing district.

But what stands out most is the perfect union between a building that served to defend the place and the beauty of its rooms and gardens.

 Giralda of Seville8.  Giralda of Seville

The Giralda, also known as the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede, is a symbol of the city of Seville, in its beginnings it was the minaret of the mosque.

For many centuries it was the tallest tower in Spain and one of the tallest and most famous buildings in all of Europe.

In the current tower, the Muslim construction can be seen in the lower two thirds, easily recognizable by their characteristic Arab ornaments, while the upper third is from the sixteenth century and was built to house the bells of the current cathedral, so that its Architecture is Renaissance.

As we can see, the Arab legacy is evident in the most impressive monuments of Spain, do not miss visiting them and marveling at their culture and an architecture representative of an entire civilization.

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Hasibul Hasan Jini

Hasibul Hasan is a qualified journalist. He writes on varied topics and carried out extensive research on various topics on his blog Natpat.org

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