2. Seville's Cathedral & Giralda
The biggest cathedral of the world just can’t be put into words, its grandeur and mystic charm is indescribable. It is situated on the site of Almohad mosque which was built in the 12th century, with Giralda (minaret) of the mosque still towering gloriously. The Seville is also an important witness to the eventful history of the Crusades era, where Muslims and Christians were fighting over the “Kingdom of Heavens” – The Jerusalem. Though geographically Seville is very far from the controversial land, but at the same time, this area was also experiencing frequent colossal battles, as the controller of this area would have gained an edge over the other in the Holy Battle. The Seville was conquered by the Christians in 1248 and then the mosque here was used as a church for 150 odd years. Then the whole structure was disintegrated because of its durability concerns and rebuilt from scratch.
3. Cordoba’s Mezquita
It would surely be a huge oversight, to miss out on praising the beauty of Cordoba’s Mezquita. The Mezquita’s architecture was a renaissance in itself, it was something the world has never seen before. It defied all the precedents (essential monuments built prior top it). The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the Great Mosque in Damascus, both had narrow nave like premises, but he underlying idea behind the mezquita was to build a vast holy place, where individuals can meander around freely in the premises and communicate to God in their own serene and calm spot. The first Islamic Salah performing space (for the most part the open yard of a desert home) was changed into a 14,400-sq-m metaphor for the desert itself.
4. Seville's Alcazar
Every brick of Spain, desires to be a part of Alcazar. This World Heritage site has a legacy which very monuments of the modern world could match. In 913, initially it was a fortress of the Corodoban governors of Spain, it has been modified and altered many a times in its more than 1100 years of history. The affluent kingdom of the 11th century Muslims built a fort besides it called Al-Mubarak which means the blessed in Arabic, and is now the part of west Alcazar.