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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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[Homework]2012-11-28 风情南西班牙 The Moorish South —17

Although he was(*) a king on murdering Moorish kings, Pedro was a 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 crafts were re-employed(*) to create an architecture jewel, complete with intricate marble and wood carving, cool, shaded courtyards, an entire work in almost * energetic patterns. But why would a Christian conqueror dress up his palace in the style of the Islamic foe?

Well, you could put yourself in Pedro the Cruel's shoes and think back to 14th century Europe, I mean what else is going on in architecture terms? That'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, patterns, sensuality. I mean the whole place feels if it's made up of rice(*) in sugar. I always feel if I want to eat it, the utmost Arabian knights fantasy the architecture. In fact, if I had my own little Aladdin Genie the Bottle and I could wish for anything in the world, and I just choose this palace.


Because the Alcazar was a palace, not a mosque, it didn't arise the usual suspicions of Muslim worship. And the Christians 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 were those paid by your enemy. I think it's a pretty astonishing tribute to the power and grandeur of Islamic art and architecture that generation after generation, the Spanish catholic monarchs should have allowed this place to remain, to stand as a great, shimmering ghost of culture they would determine to eradicate, but could never quite bring themselves to stop loving.

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