Andalusia is a hotbed of rich cultural history. The whole region was a mixing bowl for centuries between Christian descendants of Rome and the Muslim Moors who came from North Africa. In the early 700’s the Moors took over the south of Spain and named Seville as their capital. Despite the fact that the Moors were largely pushed out several hundred years later, Seville still shows much of their impact even to this day.
The photo below from the Plaza de Espana is clearly a Christian scene but take a close look at a lot of the styles. Around the photo, especially towards the bottom, are styles that we typically saw as we traveled through Islamic holy sites. The right portion of the photo even shows an archway that is clearly of Moorish design. Just because the Moors are no longer in Spain, doesn’t mean their way of doing things hasn’t been integrated into the norm.
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IF YOU GO: When I visited Andalusia I stayed a few hours to the south on the beaches of Malaga. I didn’t need to book a stay in some Seville apartments but any city in the south of Spain is certainly the type of place to warrant a longer stay.
Photo Credit: Flickr user Alaskan Dude via a creative commons license