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12 junio 2012 2 12 /06 /junio /2012 11:06

  

Hordes of tourists were queueing to enter the Alhambra. It was extremely hot and we didn’t have a hat to protect our heads from the ultraviolet rays. We just left the pavement café and the quaint streets surrounding the city of Granada forgetting  to take along with us a big bottle of water, plain water. We had enough beers though.


We were privileged because we had some days vacation in mid May. This was the good news. The bad side of our trip was the groups of tourists. Not because we do not like tourists. On the contrary, tourism is a very good sector to be looked after in Spain  in these days of economic crisis. It was only because they were a nuisance.


Maybe the foreign tourists , mainly pensioned people, came to the beautiful gardens of the Alhambra looking,  as we did, to get out from the haphazard modern development. But the shiny coaches and even a double-deck bus with the Union flag painted parked in a perfect row were for us a violation of good taste and to the Generalife Gardens.

Like the Northen pensioned people, we were trying actually to escape from the soaring office blocks and the traffic jams of a big city. We were living in the busy streets near Madrid’s Plaza de España and every day passing through the overhead expressway. So our days in the ancient Al Andalus meant a relief.


Granada was the chosen paradise.  No noise pollution, no traffic jams, apart from the concentration of coaches. A Muslim and Christian crucible. In these days of Islamic demonization history could give us a clue as to how to prevent wars and hate.


Trying to follow the best   path of Al Andalus, after Granada we headed to the Caliphate of Cordoba. We drove to Cordoba and visited the Mezquita. 

 

The ancient Mezquita de Córdoba has nowadays the eclesiastic name of  Catedral de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora and has been declared World Heritage together with the historical centre of the city itself.  

In 1523 Christians built a renaissance basilica  in the very centre of the Muslim building. Today it is Cordoba’s most important monument as well as that of the whole andalusí’s architecture.

 

Al Andalus and the Mezquita de Cordoba left us a message of coexistence and how to live together without wars and hate. Besides the wonder of the buildings, gardens and landscape this was the most important impression I got from that trip and I keep remembering it when I watch the news.

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