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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-11-28 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —17

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Although he was keen on murdering Moorish kings, Pedro was a massive fan of Moorish architecture and decoration.


And when he decided to build his own Moorish palace, no expense was spared.


The best Moorish craftsmen were employed to create an architectural jewel, complete with intricate marble and wood carving, cool, shaded courtyards and tile work in almost hallucinogenic patterns.


But why would a Christian conqueror dress up his palace in the style of the Islamic foe?


Well,
you’ve got to put yourself in Pedro the Cruel's shoes and think back to 14th century Europe.


I mean,
what else is going on in architectural terms?


There's the Gothic, but that's for churches.


When it comes to palace architecture, there's really nothing to compare with this for colour, richness, pattern, sensuality.


The whole place feels as if it's made of icing sugar. I almost feel as if I want to eat it.


It's the ultimate Arabian Nights' fantasy architecture.


In fact, if I had my own little Aladdin genie in a bottle and I could wish for anything in the world, I might just choose this palace.




Because the Alcazar was a palace, not a mosque, \it didn't arouse the usual suspicions of Muslim worship.


And the Christian kings of Spain clearly felt free to love this place, too.


Later monarchs preserved it and made any additions with surprising sensitivity.


Sometimes, the greatest compliments are those paid to you by your enemy. And I think it's a pretty astonishing tribute to the power and grandeur of Islamic art and architecture that generation after generation of Spanish Catholic monarchs should have allowed this place to remain, to stand as a great, shimmering ghost of a culture they were determined to eradicate, but could never quite bring themselves to stop loving.
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