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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-11-23 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —15

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[Homework]【整理】2012-11-23 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —15

but the Christians were getting hungry for power and territory, and provoked by the rise
of the Islamic
militancy,  they decided to crusade the infidel
and so the re-conquest began a crusade which was to last more than 400 years, a
monumentally long
and bloody
campaign, this conflict would establish a peculiarly fervent form of Catholicism as the
Spanish national religion, it's also the conflict from which modern Spain would emerge
during the 12th century, the
Christians painfully edged into the Al Andalus, and one by one the Islamic cities failed, then Seville itself was captured in 1248 after two years siege.
the Christian conquerors of medieval
Seville proclaimed: let's create such a building that future
generations will take us for
lunatics, some statement of intent, so they demolished the great mosque
and they put up in its place what the
Guinness book of Records tells me it's still the single largest Christian Cathedral in the world, a great crushing symbol of triumph militant Christianity.
the Cathedral was built in the north European style, Gothic in design, completed with high vaulting ceiling, flying
buttress, and Christian symbol everywhere.
this might be the last place you'd expect to find traces of Islamic design, but if you look close
enough, it becomes clear that all the habits, die-hard
what extraordinary about the Gothic style as done by the Spanish, especially the Spanish in the
south, is its incredible sense of over-decoration, i means, look this
altarpiece

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