This fascinating tour explores the legacy of 800 years of rule by the Moors in Spain and the independent Muslim kingdom of al-Andalus.
Our journey begins in Seville, with a private evening visit to see the intricate Moorish decoration at the Alcázar, the palace of the Spanish kings. Whilst in Seville we also see the Cathedral with its Moorish bell tower, the Hospital de los Venerables, the 15th Century Mudéjar mansion of Casa de Pilatos, and visit the Museum of Fine Arts with its extensive art collection including works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Herrera the younger and Valdés Leal.
Our journey then takes us through Southern Andalusia’s Moorish capital Cordoba, once one of the greatest cities of the world, with a visit to the magnificent Cathedral-Mosque, the Mezquita. We continue to Granada, the spectacular last bastion of the Moors before the Reconquista where the austerely beautiful and often snow-capped Sierra Nevada forms a backdrop to the city. Staying in Granada close to the great fortress of the Alhambra, we see the exquisite arabesque interiors of the palace and the secluded gardens of the Generalife, once the summer residence of the Sultans.
Throughout, Peter Lauritzen will bring to life the art and architecture of this fascinating period of history, leading us through the historic events that influenced so much of Medieval Europe.
27th October 2019
- Excluding international flights