The Moorish influence is everywhere in Spain. I knew that Southern Spain had been occupied by the Moors but didn’t realize that at one time 90% of Spain was under Moorish rule. The Andalusians (Moors) brought Arab architecture, food and customs as they ruled for almost 800 years. Under Christian rule, the Mudejar style of architecture brought traditional Islamic design elements to traditional Christian Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. It’s unique and beautiful.
Visiting places like the Alhambra in Grenada, you can imagine the splendor that must have been. While most of the color has washed away over time, the intricacy of the design remains. The mathematic skill required to create the geometric patterns is evidenced everywhere. I was particularly glad we went to the Alhambra with a guide in a small group because he really brought the place to life and sparked our imagination.