Back in the day, some parts of Spain were ruled by Moors, Muslim inhabitants from North Africa, for almost 800 years. It’s no surprise that they have left a huge impact on their culture and especially on architecture.
Whole medieval Andalusia has always been quite different from the rest of the Western Europe, because its cultural heritage was rooted in both Islamic and Christian culture.
Islamic influence can be seen today through the remaining examples of architectural wonders which they left behind. This year I was living in Andalusia, so I got a chance to visit these cities and witness all of their beauty. Massive palaces mixed with extremely thin, detailed and highly decorative architectural elements have left a really strong impression on me.
This is a small selection of my favorite places!
Let’s begin with…
Definitely the most famous and the most impressive medieval fortress/palace in Spain. It’s an enormous complex which contains numerous palaces, towers, wide interiors, summer residences with typical gardens…everything with Islamic vibe.
On the other side, you can see towers and walls that majestically enclose one of the three areas of the Alhambra: the citadel, or Alcazaba.
And let’s not forget about the breathtaking view from it – the old town Albaicín.
Summer gardens, shallow pools and fountains are making this place pretty exotic.
REAL ALCÁZAR DE SEVILLA
Next great monument is definitely the one located in Seville, also known as place where Game of Thrones was filmed. Check out the slider bellow for astonishing views.
Seville is also famous for its stunning square called
PLAZA DE ESPAÑA
which is a perfect example of mixing elements from Renaissance and Moorish styles in Spanish architecture.
This is just a small part of arabic vibe that can be seen in the south of Spain.. I truly recommend you to visit places such as Granada, Málaga, Córdoba, Toledo, Sevilla, and to witness everything on your own!
I hope this post will awaken someone’s desire to travel to Andalusia, and If it that’s you – feel free to write me for some advices!
Thanks for reading,