We’ve finally made our way over to the fascinating country of Spain.
Since we’re in the southern territory of Andalucia, our experience has changed completely from our previous destinations. We’ve been welcomed with sunlight, great food, and forgiving prices.
The first stop on our list was the Alcázar of Seville, one of the most beautiful palaces in the country.
A royal palace originally built by Moorish Muslim kings, it remains a symbol of the best of Mudejar architecture in Spain.
Islamic Mudejar architecture is a fusion of European forms and Islamic influence.
Throughout the Alcázar you can find very elaborate tiling in repeating tessellations, alongside intricate plaster, wood carvings and detailed calligraphy.
The fusion of architectural and aesthetic forms creates a very peaceful and serene environment as you walk through the palace.
After a long journey through Europe of dull and dour castles built by men in the dark ages, whose fortifications were entirely driven by military needs and little else, the architecture of the Moors is a brilliant and dazzling glimpse into a society that was far more advanced at the time.
It’s almost like the Mudejar architecture celebrates the love of knowledge of art and geometry, making a very powerful statement about the achievements of Islamic culture towards the conquered Christians of Spain.
And then there are the gardens, of course.
The Alcázar is a beautiful and remarkably inexpensive place to visit. You should certainly plan a visit here if ever you find yourself in the south of Spain.
It doesn’t get any better than a day in the Alcázar followed by a night of tapas and flamenco.