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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]2012-11-23 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —15

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But the Christians were getting hungary for power and territory and provoked by the rise of Islamic militancy, they decided to crusade against the infidel. So the reconquest began a crusade that 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 the modern Spain would emerge.
During the 12th century the Christians painfully edged into Andalus, and one by one the Islamic cities fell, then S himself was captured in 1248 after two years' siege.
The Christian conquerors of medieval Seville proclaimed let us creat such a building that future generations would take us for lunatics, some statement of intent, so they demolished the great mosque and they put up in its place what the Guiness World Record tells me it's still the single largest Christian cathedral in the world, a great crushing symbol of the triumph for militant Christianity.
The cathedral is built in the north European style, Gothic in design coplete with high vaulting ceiling, flying buttresses, and Christian symbols everywhere. This might be the last place you'd expect to find traces of Islamic design, but if you look closely enough, it becomes clear that old habbits die hard. What's extraordinary about the Gothic style as done by the Spanish especially the Spanish in the south is this incredible sense of over decoration, i mean look at this altarpiece.

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