Christian Spain

Christian Spain
Óscar López, Palacio de Carlos V (Granada)
Al-Andalus disappeared for good when the Catholic Monarchs conquered Granada in 1492. The new Christian state, which for the very first time adopted the name the Kingdom of Spain, needed to build new stages on which to display its strength. The decorative influence of the Moors, the Flamenco tradition that made its way south from the Netherlands, and the powerful classical influence of the Italian Renaissance, came together here, resulting in an architectural and artistic style unlike anything else in Europe.

This combination of past styles and the new needs of the modern state resulted in the rise of such fascinating places as the Convent of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo, the Royal Pantheon and Palace of Carlos V in Granada, the Monastery of Guadalupe in Caceres, the Convent of San Pablo in Valladolid and the Santa Cruz Hospital in Toledo, where we can still savor the essence of an era marked by change and profound excitement by contemplating their rich facades and wandering through their mysterious interiors.