A meeting point between the islamic East and West

— Amman (Jordan) —

From June 6th to July 6th, 2024

Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (Closed on Fridays)

Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. P.O. Box 9068 Amman. JORDAN

The traces of Al-Andalus are abundant and continue to shape our environment. One of the most obvious and tangible ones is the architectural heritage. Across the Iberian Peninsula, the observer can still be amazed by numerous buildings – in addition to the distinctive urban layout that enriched towns and cities – erected between the 8th and 15th centuries, during the period of al-Andalus. These structures provide valuable insights into the culture from which they emerged.

The architectural examples that we can still contemplate are incredibly diverse, spanning all periods (Umayyad, Taifa, Almoravid, Almohad, Nasrid…) and encompassing a wide range of contexts (domestic, courtly, religious, defensive, urban, commercial…). They are all inseparably linked to the wider medieval Islamic world to which they belonged, sharing numerous similarities.

This exhibition showcases the architecture of al-Andalus through its baths, mosques and oratories, minarets, houses, citadels, palaces, walls, towers, gates, bridges, alhondigas, and more. These architectural elements are deeply connected to similar buildings in the Maghreb and the East. They still captivate our gaze, just as they have throughout history, offering sensory delight and recreation.

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