The Foundation Three Cultures of the Mediterranean houses this exhibition organized by the Andalusian Public Foundation El legado andalusí, Paradises of the Ancient South. Historical images of gardens in Andalusia and the Maghreb, until 20th January 2022. The visitor will witness a carefully elaborated exhibition of photographs and scale models selected by the scholars José Tito and Manuel Casares, from the University of Granada.
These pieces retrace the history and evolution of many of the oldest gardens of Andalusia and the Maghreb: the identity preserved in the gardens of southern territories, in cities such as Granada, Malaga, Almeria, Cordoba, Seville, Tangiers, Xauen, Fez, Tetouan, Marrakesh or Algiers.
The exhibition includes historical images which, on some occasions, showcase the same garden at different periods of time, making it possible to realize how it has evolved over time. This is the case of some retrospectives of the cármenes of the Albayzin quarter (which turned from fruit orchards to landscaped spaces), as well as other emblematic spaces such as the Patio de los Arrayanes, the Patio de Machuca, or the Partal in the Alhambra or the garden of the Concepción in Málaga, and many more.
It also illustrates the evolution of charismatic gardens through scale models, such as one that shows three different periods of the Generalife: 1526-1567, 1856-1875 and 1934; or a model of the Alcazar Genil (Granada), that recreates the hypothetical condition around 1431 and its later state around 1934, when Camino de Ronda Avenue was built. Some original pieces from the municipal historical archive of Granada are also on display.
The visitor has an unique opportunity to approach these singular vegetal universes, where architecture and heritage merge with authentic botanical jewels, becoming spaces for delight and contemplation.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm; and Fridays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.