wistfulness - love - passion
You truly haven't been to Andalucia, if you missed
this fascinating dance
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 Moors
refers 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
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.