ISLAMIC HERITAGE, ANDALUCÍA-SPAIN & MOROCCO

Let’s have a journey through the history of Spain and Morocco! Spain has a multicolor historic background consisting of plenty of heritages. This time the Islamic heritage will be in the spotlight with the most remarkable cities which represent the features of this fascinating culture.

In southern Spain’s Andalusia region there are three main cities with significant Islamic heritage which should not be missed when you visit Spain. Firstly, Granada is well-known for its medieval Moorish architecture with Alhambra coming on the top. Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex, it was originally built as a small fortress, however, the palace itself was built by the last Muslim emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Secondly, Córdoba is another wonderful place where you can experience the spirit of a mosque. The Mosque-Cathedral is a famous monument of the Islamic and Christian religions and cultures that had been presented in Andalusia. The Cathedral represents Christianity and the Mosque symbolizes Islamic. The most intricate part of the mosque is its vast main hall with 850 double-arched columns.

Last but not least, the Royal Alcázar of Seville amazes the visitors with the mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque design which have left their marks through the history on this royal palace.

Moving towards Morocco, which is a country in North Africa, there are also impressive cities full of Islamic heritage. The medina is the old part of the city Tangier, which leads you through the different architectural attributes of Andalusian, Moorish, and Moroccan cultures. Get lost in the atmosphere and culture of the spiritual Fes, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest car-free urban areas.

Without any doubt the Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque of Morocco with a fascinating garden on its behalf. It is in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakesh. Hassan II Mosque is in the beautiful Casablanca, another magnificent mosque as it is the 7th largest in the world with its 210-meter-high minaret which is the second tallest in the world. To make it more interesting, the 60th storey, which is topped by a laser light that is directed towards Mecca.

This journey would not be complete without the traditional halal cuisine which we can cater for. If these imposing cities make you interested, write us an email to info@across-spain.com to get more information about our packages of Islamic heritage.