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Baena, in the Highland domains

​Located in the Route of the Caliphate, Baena was paramount in the defensive system of the kingdom of Granada during the Reconquest, given the importance of this pathway connecting Cordoba with Granada.

The vanished Arab monuments of Granada

Located in the Route of the Caliphate, Baena was paramount in the defensive system of the kingdom of Granada during the Reconquest, given the importance of this pathway connecting Cordoba with Granada.

Niebla, alone and distant

Surrounded by the biggest walled enclosure of Europe, Niebla has important artistic treasures from different eras and distinct backgrounds. Its history deserves to be told.

Benjamin of Tudela: through sacred geography

Benjamin of Tudela was ahead of other famous travellers such as Ibn Jubair or Ibn Battuta, who wrote about their journeys through works known as rihla, a genre in which our author produced his travel book Sefer Masaot.
The account, of an anthropological nature, collects observations from the countries he visited in the 12th century, with emphasis on Jewish communities.

Zuheros, the memorable view

The especial rocky nature of this village on The Route of the Caliphate glimpsed from afar, let us know in advance the beauty of the place and its marvellous surroundings.

Abu Hamid al-Garnati and the wonders of the world

Abu Hamid al-Garnati, viajero infatigable, activo comerciante y esforzado misionero en los más alejados países fronterizos del mundo islámico, polígrafo de múltiples saberes, nació en al-Andalus, en la ciudad de Granada, en el año 1080,…

Espejo, the sentinelon the hill

Thanks toits status as a border land with the Kingdom of Granada,the town of Espejo, in the province of Córdoba, is one of the most interesting stopovers on theRoute of the Caliphate, promoted by the Foundation El legado andalusí.

Saints and romerías in the Maghreb and Andalusia

Neither the soul, nor popular religiosity understand particular religions and borders. They have more to do with the paths that Ortega y Gasset called “Intrahistory” and those of life itself.

Ronda, the city of a hundred views

Let’s take a journey toward Takurunna, the Hispano-Muslim city that wavered between the domination of the Marinids from Morocco and the Nasrids from Granada. Now called Ronda, its charms are inscribed along the Route of the Almoravids and Almohads launched by the Foundation El legado andalusí.

Maŷrit, el Madrid andalusí (Parte II)

Madrid once belonged to al-Andalus . Scarcely 150 years after Tarik disembarked on the Iberian Peninsula, Muhammad Ibn Abd-er-Rahman al-Awsat, emir of Córdoba, decided to build a wall around Madjrit. From then on, …

Priego in its labyrinth

Priego de Córdoba de Córdoba counts its history over the course of centuries among Caliphal, Nasrid and Baroque traits, and it still remains there. gracefully showing its castle to the traveller, its Carnicerías Reales (Royal Butcheries),…

Madjrit, al-Andalus’ Madrid (Part I)

Madrid once belonged to al-Andalus . Scarcely 150 years after Tarik disembarked on the Iberian Peninsula, Muhammad Ibn Abd-er-Rahman al-Awsat, emir of Córdoba, decided to build…

Detail of the work "Arab Song", by Paul Klee. ©AramcoWorld

Lanjarón: A poet’s dream

The history of La Alpujarra had already appeared in texts of the classical authors of old. Lanjarón is famous in our days for its medicinal waters, for being the threshold of this Granadan region and…

Detail of the work "Arab Song", by Paul Klee. ©AramcoWorld

Glorious tiles

Appearing in parks, squares, bars and homes, tiles—azulejos– have for centuries accompanied the decoration in many regions of the Mediterranean. Today, they are as alive…

The awareness of landscape in al-Andalus

For the civilization of al-Andalus, landscape constituted the image of a reality in which its values are preserved and granted symbolic dimension.
The renowned historian Ibn al-Khatib, stateman, philosopher, literary man and doctor …

Detail of the work "Arab Song", by Paul Klee. ©AramcoWorld

Ziryab, the amazing story of the singer from Baghdad

The importance of the figure of Ziryab in the court of the Cordoban Umayyad king Abd-er-Rahman II is credited for the innovations he introduced in the court and Cordoban society in several fields. He was surely one of the most prolific artists of all time.

Venice

Qusayr ‘Amra. The umayyad palace of the desert (Part II)

The originality of the architecture of this monument, including its poetic frame of desert solitude, makes it a major milestone in the history of Arab art. Frescoes in its interior, of a high iconographic …

Venice

Qusayr ‘Amra. The umayyad palace of the desert (Part I)

The originality of the architecture of this monument, including its poetic frame of desert solitude, makes it a major milestone in the history of Arab art. Frescoes in its interior, of a high iconographic …

Venice

Orchards of al-Andalus. The development of domestic agriculture

The cultural legacy of al-Andalus is, without doubt, a constant element in the villages, towns and cities included in the Routes of El legado andalusí. In the Route of the Caliphate, in particular, fortresses, walled enclosures or hydraulic devices make up an important part of the patrimony that is witness to the Muslim heritage between Córdoba and Granada.

Venice

Venice, the temptation of the Orient (Part II)

An eternally luminous showcase where fragility and excess play together with grace, in Venice everything distils artifice. The most magnificent of urban events, as Le Corbusier pointed out, is a city senselessly extravagant, unprecedented and implausible, a defiance of the laws of logic.

Venice

Venice, the temptation of the Orient (Part I)

An eternally luminous showcase where fragility and excess play together with grace, in Venice everything distils artifice. The most magnificent of urban events, as Le Corbusier pointed out, is a city senselessly extravagant, unprecedented and implausible, a defiance of the laws of logic.

Ifriqiya, a cultural and commercial center in Northern Africa

The great strategic importance of the city of Carthage made it an impregnable stronghold for the Arab armies in their attempt to penetrate the North of Africa. Hence, it was Kairouan that was the city founded as the capital of Ifriqiya. Therefore, Qayrawan was the city founded as the capital of Ifriqiya.

The silk from Granada

The development of the silk industry in Nasrid Granada represented a significant economic growth, and hence social growth; merchants from different parts of the world came to the city to purchase the precious Granadan silk, and in addition to commercial exchange they also fostered fruitful cultural transfer.

Sicily’s Mediterranean Heritage

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 Heritage

Thanks to oral tradition, Arab-Andalusian music has survived through generations until today.

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 …

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