Moslems have ruled over various parts of Spainfor a period of more than 8 centuries, from the 8th till the 15th century. During this period, they managed to have some of the most remarkable monuments that many travelers who tour Spain are now keen to explore.
Many Islamic dynasties flourished during their rule over different parts of Spain, especially Andalusia of course that witnessed the greatest glory of the Arabs and the Moslems in the region who managed to establish an impactful civilization. Andalusia is among the regions many tourists who enjoy their holiday in Spain visit.
One of the most magnificent monuments created by Moslems in Spain is the Alhambra Palace. Located in Grenada, the Alhambra was constructed in the second part of the 13th century by Mohamed ibn Yusuf Al Ahmar. Situated around 450 kilometers to the South of Madrid, the construction works of the palace took more than 150 years to be completed. This is why the result was quite astonishing. Many tourists who travel to Spain pay the palace a visit during their holiday.
Islamic features are quite evident in various parts of the Alhambra Palace. This includes the Quran inscriptions, geometric decorations and motifs, and the style of the colored tiled spread all over the palace. Today it is one of the highlights of Grenada that welcomes hundreds of tourists spending their vacations in Spain.
Alhambra Palace has a surface area of more than 142000 square meters with the Alhambra Kasbah being the heart of it. There are actually some other amazing features including gardens, fountains, and impressive buildings. Tourists coming from various regions around the world visit the palace to enjoy the magnificent features of the Islamic architecture.
One of the most remarkable Islamic establishments in Spain is surely the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. This is one of the most distinctive monuments of Spain that was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage sites and also in the 12 Treasures of Spain.
This building, or let us say this location was used as a temple in ancient times. Afterwards, it was transformed into a church and when Moslems entered Spain, the area was divided between the Moslems and the Christians of Cordoba. Afterwards, with the increase in the number of Moslems in the city, they bought the second part and it all became a mosque. Today, the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is one of the most popular monuments explored by tourists who travel to Spain.
The mosque, which was now transformed by a cathedral by the Spanish government, used to consist of a large gallery that was 73 meters in length and 36 meters in width with various marble columns and arches. This gallery leads to the main open courtyard or Sahn of the mosque that was 73 meters in length and 36 meters in width. Several tourists who spend their holidays in Spain explore the wonders of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.
The most marvelous characteristic of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is that every single addition or contribution to the establishment was carried out to in line with the main outlines, style, and architecture of the building. This is why it remained as an unprecedented historical site included in many Spain travel packages.