Global Images Contest 2009-2010

Convergence of Culture: Muslim Remembrance in a Thoroughly Catholic Country


One of the most famous tourist sites in Spain, the Alhambra is a palatial complex constructed by the Islamic rulers of Al-Andalus in Granada in the fourteenth century. Conquering the entirety of the Iberian Peninsula in less than a decade, the Moors had an overwhelming influence on Spanish culture, language, art and architecture, something people tend to forget today. The Alhambra was the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, falling to Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 after over 700 years of rule. Today it serves to us as a symbol of remembrance of a time when different cultures existed together.

Elizabeth Carlson