@travelsfromedensor Alhambra, Granada, taken from the Generalife summer palace. Disappointed we couldn’t stay for the sunset, but sometimes compromises have to be made! In any case, quite happy with the light in this one.
The Moors in Alhambra ushered into Spain a great cultural flowering and revived an interest in philosophy, medicine and mathematics and literature following the Dark Ages. Architecture flourished and some of the most splendid mosques were built during that period. The philosopher Averroes, emblematic of the heights of Moorish learning, translated the works of Aristotle into Arabic thereby preserving them for the Western world. Much of what we call the European Renaissance was a discovery of what the Moors kept alive during Europe's Dark Age.
After the Moors' defeat, the Arabic language was outlawed; they were forbidden to wear traditional dress and were expelled from Spain in 1611. Yet, they left their cultural imprint upon the country. Alhambra, the last standing monument of the Moors, remains a magnificent reflection of their scientific knowledge, cultural achievements and religious convictions. Thanks to Washington Irving's "rambling expedition" to Granada. His Tales of the Alhambra (1832) introduced the world to this splendid city that sits atop the "Hill of Gold."