wistfulness - love - passion
You truly haven't been to Andalucia,
if you missed this fascinating dance
It is a land
of great traditions, where you will experience the magic
of Flamenco and bullfighting in their most authentic style,
and myths like Don Juan and Carmen were born here.
It is also a land with an
Perhaps the most unique feature of this enchanting region
are the remnants of its Moorish past. The term
to populations of Muslim Berbers, Black African and Arab
descents from Northern Africa, who invaded Spain via the
Strait of Gibraltar. In an 8 years' campaign they conquerred
big parts of the Iberian Peninsula and ruled them for nearly
800 years (711 AD - 1492).
Under the name "Al-Andalus"
the conquered land became initially a province of the caliphate
of Damascus and with this part of the Muslim world. From
750 - 929 Al-Andalus was the Emirate and after that
(up to 1031) the Caliphate of Cordoba! Consequently the
land adapted to a new religion, language and culture, which
shaped it differently from the rest of Europe.
Its heydays experienced Al-Andalus under the Umayyaden-Dynasty
(756 - 1031). Many historic monuments, in particular at
Seville, Cordoba and Granada bear witness of the Moorish
past and still today the Arab style has an influence on
the architecture in this region.