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Alhambra


Patio de los Leones
Court of Lions

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Built by Muhammad V the patio is Morrish in architecture. The slender columns are marble. Water flows from the fountain through the building giving coolness and a pleasant contemplative ambiance.

The court is one of many that comprise the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada


Reales Alcazares de Sevilla, España
Royal Alcazars of Seville, Spain

The royal palace in Seville was originally a Moorist fort. In 1364 Peter I of Castile built his palace over the Moorish ruins. The style is Mudejar, a Christian style that uses Islamic architectural influences.

The building is composed of many patios and meeting rooms. It was from here that trade to the new world was regulated. Navigation and nautical research with Americo Vespucci began here. In a house chapel Columbus met with Ferdinand and Isabella after his second voyage. The tapestries show Native Americans and other New World scenes of that time.

Sevilla
Cordoba


Cordoba, Andalucia, Spain

In the center of Cordoba is the Mezquita, a museum and a Moorish mosque that houses within its very center a soaring Christian church.

That is Andalucia. Here you find Flamenco, bullfighting, and narrow lanes lined with white-washed homes. A melting pot of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, Andalucia is alive with tradition and culture.


Parc Guell
Antonio Gaudi
Barcelona, Spain

Guell Park contains stone structures, tiling and fascinating buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi. Here are rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks that support an overhead walkway. Gaudi was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used them in his designs.

 

Parc Quell
Rondo


Ronda, Spain

High atop the mountains of Malago is Andalucia's town of Ronda. It stands on a rock promontory cut by a river into two halves. A walkway along the gorge gives superb views.

Behind the Mirador is Ronda's famous bullring, one of the most beautiful and ancient arenas in Spain.

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