Andalucia: The Soul of Spain
Andalucia: Spanish History
Inhabitants of Past Civilizations
: ancient Iberian tribes: Celtics, Jews, Tartessians, Iberians, Turdetans, Etruscans.
were: the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, then came the Conquerors
: the Romans, Suebis, Vandals, Alans, Visigoths and Moorish Spain
The Geography of Spain was fundamental in the History of Andalucia - and paramount to how most of the Iberian Peninsula: became Spain.
Historic Centre of Cordoba: a World Heritage Site
Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir River
Spain is a Country which has had Many Capitals
helped shape the divisions of Hispania. Historic Cordoba
was a capital of the Baetica province.
Spain's Historic Capitals: Political Map of Spain
During the reign of the Cordovan Umayyad Caliphate, Cordoba was capital of the al-Andalus - encompasing almost all of Spain. Cordova was a leading world capital - far surpassing the wealth, education, culture or technology of London or Paris during the same period.
The Kingdom of Spain
The geographical history of Andalusia, often entailed, a much larger area than today. Some site pages detail the whole of Spain - and even go abroad - historic facts being inseparable from global history
. This was "how the Kingdom of Spain" which we know today, was formed.
on this website displays its own custom-made maps: the Physical map of Spain, Andalucian provinces and Ancient Maps of Spain. Our Maps' collection will continue to grow as time passes.
Legacies of Art and Architecture
Each civilization left their mark on this region. Magnificent remains of Roman Art and Architecture are extremely well preserved. One of the best Roman sites is Italica
, near Sevilla.
World Heritage Sites
Andalucia has six World Heritage Sites.
The Architecture of the Alhambra Granada Spain
, ranks foremost on the Spanish list of declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Alhambra Granada Spain: The Red Castle on Sabika Hill
snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the background
The first Islamic monument built in the al-Andalus was the Cordoba Mosque
. From this point on, Islamic Art and Architecture greatly influenced future hispano-moorish art and architecture.
The Palatine city of Madinat az-Zahra, legends of the dazzling treasures of this palace - was what enfuriated the religious Berber fanatics and was torn down by Berber tribes, in 1010 AD when a fierce civil war erupted.
- Savour this region's Andalusian Gastronomy.
The Romans loved to party - and so do the Spanish.
Do you know how the Spanish celebrate "Christmas in Spain?"
There's a multitude of Fiestas especially, the Feria de Sevilla: Epitomizing the Soul of Spain!
Where else would you find...
Exquisite choices of Tapas,
Excellent Wines, the Sherry Wines of Jerez,
The best of fresh Mediterranean fish,
Jamon Iberico and Serrano,
Thousands of yester-year delicatessen honey-and-almond confectionaries, dating from Moorish days...
- Learn about the History of Spanish Food and Andalucia Food
- Rio Frio, Granada Spain, specializes in some of the best caviar in the world. Chilled Spanish Cava makes a first-class luxury companion
- Do you know the origins of: what is the mediterranean diet?
Andalucia Travel Options:
Trans-Atlantic Ocean Liners dock in the commercial ports of Malaga and Cadiz
Nature, Sports and Fun!
- Horse Riding, Walking, Bird-Watching, Canoeing, Paragliding, Hiking, Extreme Sports and Water Sports
- Dolphin and Whale watching, bird-watching, butterflies, Antequera's Laguna de Fuente Piedra and Doñana National Park, a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Sierra Nevada peaks the Bético ranges with ski pistes only two hours from the beaches
- The Andaluz Costas are completely different: Costa de la Luz, Costa del Sol - (Malaga Airport), Costa Tropical and Costa de Almeria
- MotoGP (Jerez Circuit)
- The Spanish Riding School
Geology: the Southern Mediterranean, land and seascapes, altered dramatically as a result of Alpine Orogeny during the Palogene and Neogene eras. Sweeping white beaches of Cadiz contrast with sheer-cliff edged Nerja coves: The Nerja Caves were formed by Crystalline Dolomites. Their beauty attracted so many visitors, the Nerja Caves transformed into a leading National Monument.
Andalucia has twenty-three Natural Parks and two National Parks.
This region has an abundance of National and Natural parks, rich in Iberian Flora and Fauna
. Rural tourism is increasingly popular while discovering the beauty of the region's parks and lakes.
Via Verdes: Green Paths have been laid down specially for bikers and walkers.
Andalucian artisanal crafts Taracea (exquisite, geometrical inlaid wooden decor), wicker-weaving, pottery and Cordoba Leather, originate from these inland areas.
The Role of Islamic Science and Discovery
The al-Andalus, during the height of its success, entailed all of Spain
except a small region: Asturias.
Scientific progress, spurred the al-Andalus to staggering levels of erudition, resulting in enormous financial successes. The Renaissance was kindled by the knowledge derived from the Islamic Translation Movement - that very instruction became The Base of Universal Education.
What Transcended to Today?
Moorish Technology, Moorish Agriculture
, Agronomy, Moorish Medicine, Surgery, Optalmology, Pharmacology, Botany, Philosophy, Mathematics, Cartography, Astronomy, Astrology and Navegation.
Significance of this Site's Logo
Originally, green was the chosen colour of the Umayyad Caliphs. (Various historic significances: on the Moslem Disunity and the al-Andalus page.)
Today, the green signifies: hope and unity, the white for: peace. The Silver symbolizes the vast amount of silver mined...over 2.000.000 tonnes.
The Green and White of this site's design, represent the flag of Andalucia.
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