Discovering the Islamic Heritage of Southern Spain: A Journey Through Time

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Last updated: 30/11/2023

Southern Spain stands as a testament to an illustrious past where Islamic culture, architecture, and history have woven an intricate tapestry into the fabric of the region. Embarking on a journey through cities like Cordoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada, and the mystical Alpujarra Mountains unveils a treasure trove of Muslim sights that echo tales of a rich heritage.

Southern Spain Islamic Sites

  • Cordoba.
  • The great mosque of Cordoba.
  • Bridge of Musa Ibn Nusayr.
  • Calahorra Tower.
  • Old Quarters.
  • Medinat Al-Zahra archaeological site (It was the city of the Umayyad khalifa during the 10th Century).

Sevilla

  • The Royal Alcazar (palace built by muslim craftsman with a unique Mudejar decoration).
  • The Giralda tower (former minaret of the mosque of Seville from the year 1182).
  • Plaza Espana.
  • Muslim Quarters.

Ronda

  • Muslim bridge.
  • Muslim city walls.
  • Cliffs.

Granada

  • Albayzin (former muslim Quarters).
  • Grand mosque of Granada.
  • Alhambra Palace.
  • Ancient baths of Hammam Al Andalus.
  • Moroccan Bazaar.

Alpujarra Mountains

Alpujarra Mountains, where the last muslims of Al-Andalus were living and practicing Islam for more than 150 years after the conquest of Granada. New muslims are living here now, and they have the olive plantations which produce olive oil for the whole year, with the same olives once planted by the muslims of the past.

Visit the traditional village of “Pampaneira” where you can see the local carpet manufacturers, Chocolate Factory, Traditional houses, Streets and Architecture of the place. Orange Orchards. Olive trees.

Disclaimer:The information provided in this article reflects historical and cultural details of Southern Spain’s Muslim sights at the time of writing. Please note that visiting hours, accessibility, and site features may have changed since this publication. Travelers are advised to verify current details, including opening hours and any necessary permissions, before visiting Cordoba, Sevilla, Ronda, Granada, and the Alpujarra Mountains. Checking official websites or local tourist information centers for updates is recommended.Individual experiences may vary, and visitors should respect local regulations and historical significance when exploring these sites. Exercise caution, follow posted guidelines, and contribute to the preservation of these historic treasures.This article is a guide and doesn’t guarantee the current condition or quality of experiences at these locations. Visitors should use discretion and consider personal preferences when planning their trip to Southern Spain.

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