Al-Andalus Art and Culture


AL-ANDALUS ART AND CULTURE

It was colonised by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Tartessians, and then, by the Romans and by the Arabs; Andalusia has been focus of civilization and scene of a millenarian history of coexistence among cultures.

Monuments, historic ensembles, archaeological zones and artistic works are spread all over the region making evident the different cultures that passed through this region. The Roman epoch and above all, al-Andalus, the Renaissance and the Baroque, contribute to this land with the main monuments.

The andalusi inheritance survives nowadays in the language, in several traditional economic activities, in the music and, above all, in the historical and artistic patrimony.

The Mosque of Córdoba, the Palace of Madinat al-Zahra, the citadels of Málaga and Almería, the Giralda and the Alcazar of Sevilla, and the Alhambra of Granada are examples of the best andalusi legacy.

Architectural detail of the Alhambra. Granada.

Architectural detail of the Alhambra. Granada.

Parque de María Luisa, Plaza de España. Sevilla. © Shutterstock

Parque de María Luisa, Plaza de España. Sevilla. © Shutterstock

Architectural detail of Madinat al-Zahra. Córdoba. © Xurxo Lobato

Architectural detail of Madinat al-Zahra. Córdoba. © Xurxo Lobato

Night view of the Alhambra. Granada. © Xurxo Lobato

Night view of the Alhambra. Granada. © Xurxo Lobato

Carlos V Palace in the Alhambra. Granada. © Shutterstock

Carlos V Palace in the Alhambra. Granada. © Shutterstock

Night view of Cordoba, the Calahorra, the Roman bridge and the Mosque. © Shutterstock

Night view of Cordoba, the Calahorra, the Roman bridge and the Mosque. © Shutterstock