Ifriqiya, a cultural and commercial center in Northern Africa
The great strategic importance of the city of Carthage made it an impregnable square for the Arab armies aiming to penetrate in Northern Africa. Therefore, Qayrawan was the city founded as the capital of Ifriqiya.
The silk from Granada
The development of sericulture in Nasrid Granada meant a great economic and therefore social growth; merchants coming from diverse places came to the city to acquire the precious silk of Granada, which, in addition to a commercial exchange, also encouraged a fertile cultural transmission
Sicily and its bequest in the Mediterranean
In the center of the Mare Nostrum, the island of Sicily is a sort of omphalos of the ancient world, where the coastal East and West lands intersect: a transit corner and, at the same time, a place of permanence.
The Aquatic Gardens
From the most legendary eastern paradises up to the latest designs of modern gardens, many have been the changes that have taken place in the art of floral arrangements. There is an omnipresent element however in most of the styles and in the philosophy of their artistic principles: water.
The music of al-Andalus, a shared legacy
Thanks to the oral tradition, the Arabic-Andalusian music has lasted until today, being transmitted from generation to generation.
Ibn Firnas, craving to fly
The stories of people who have tried to fly are as old as the world. The best-known account dates back to about 3.400 years, when Icarus died in his attempt. There were other stories, however, like that of one of the first scholars…
Mariano Bertuchi and the sister cities, Granada and Tetouan
The artist from Granada was 44 years old (in 1920) when he moved to Tetouan, together with his wife. This city had a special meaning to the artist, for it was founded by another man from Granada, al-Mandari, who escaped in the 15th century from the village of Píñar, near Granada, after the advance of the armies…
Dar al-Horra, the story of a house of noble lineage
The property is located in Granada’s historic district of the Albaicín, and it is an exquisite example of the domestic architecture of Al-Andalus dating from the Nasrid period, the last stage of the Hispano-Muslim culture.
When The Alhambra was in ruins
The Alhambra has inspired artists, historians, archaeologists and even visitors whose only purpose has been to enjoy the pleasure of gazing at its palaces or exploring its streets and gardens. For centuries, an idea remains fixed in the mind of those who look at the Alhambra, and this is the contradiction of a concept of its ephemeral qualities and its strength.
Al-Mutamid: a politician behind the poet
Legend wraps in mist the life of al-Mutamid, the king-poet of Seville, a man whose story has remained hidden under a thick layer of romanticism. He was a sensible monarch who nurtured his court with the most important writers in western Islam, and …