José Ignacio Soto (Fotolia), La Alhambra, Patio de ArrayanesThe Moors were present on the Iberian Peninsula for nearly eight centuries. While the Christian West was cloaked in the darkness of the Middle Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire, Al-Andalus became the cultural, scientific, artistic, economic and political nucleus of the Western Mediterranean region. Heirs to classical culture and ancient wisdom, the Andalusians created an incredible dialogue between East and West.
The Mezquita, or Mosque, in Cordoba, the Caliphal city of Medina Azahara, and the Alhambra in Granada, are singular examples of the Moors’ cultural splendor on the Peninsula, which, throughout history, has continued to feed the fantasies of travelers and the inquisitive.
The coexistence of Moors and Christians for such a long period resulted in the creation of rich urban, artistic and, of course, gastronomically significant settlements, that continue to endure and of which Spaniards are the true heirs.