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Mudéjar is a unique style of art developed in Spain in the 12th century, created parallel to the changes that came with the Reconquista. It combines a mix of Arab and Christian architectural styles to create buildings with elaborate geometric patterns mainly using red wafer bricks and tiles as the prime construction tool. The finest exa...
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Mudéjar is a unique style of art developed in Spain in the 12th century, created parallel to the changes that came with the Reconquista. It combines a mix of Arab and Christian architectural styles to create buildings with elaborate geometric patterns mainly using red wafer bricks and tiles as the prime construction tool. The finest examples of this art form can be found in Castilla y Leon, Zaragoza and Toledo.
The term Mudéjar - from the Arabic mudayyan "the subjected one" - was used in the Christian kingdoms to identify the Muslims who stayed on in conquered territory but maintained their religion and customs.
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Zaragoza, once capital of the Taifa in the 11th century, still preserves superb examples of the mudejar art form such as the Castle-Palace of Aljaferia, the Cathedral of San Salvador or La Seo and the Churches of; San Pablo, La Magdalena, San Miguel and San Gil. Also worth noting, although not of mudejar style, is the impressive Basilica de El Pilar an impressive 17th-century church like no other in Spain. Inside there is much to admire including eleven finely tiled cupolas. Accommodation of your choice in Zaragoza. Accommodation of your choice in Zaragoza.
Zaragoza - Day trip to Tarazona, Spain
Today take a day trip and explore Tarazona, an important medieval city west of Zaragoza, which played a major role in the wars with Navarre and Castile. Visit the Gothic cathedral which has an interesting Mudéjar lantern. See also the bell tower of the La Magdalena church. The apse of the dominican convent in Magallón is another valuable relic of Gothic-Mudéjar. Later travel south to Morata de Jiloca and Daroca to see the churches here which were all built before the 15th century and have extremely interesting facades where Gothic forms are combined with techniques from the east while their interior decorations are clearly rooted in the Mudéjar.
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Travel to Teruel. The city of Teruel is talking about the "Mudéjar"- style, a beautiful cultural and monumental legacy which has survived long centuries. It is also talking about the "Lovers of Teruel" (Amantes de Teruel). The "Mudéjar" - style of Teruel comes from the Islamic tradition of Aragón. We want to point out the tower of the cathedral, the tower of San Pedro, the tower of San Martin, the tower of San Salvador and the tower of La Merced...You should also not miss the beautiful ceiling of the cathedral, of great beauty and harmony. For all of these monuments, the "Mudéjar" - style monuments of Teruel, which reflect the Spanish "Mudéjar", have been declared by the UNESCO World Heritage. In Teruel, there are many more sites to visit, like the theme park Dinópolis, dedicated to dinosaurs. (The park does not open all the year; please consult opening dates and hours at the reception desk). This park is very attractive both for adults and for kids. Also worth visiting is the mausoleum of the "Amantes de Teruel".
Drive south to Toledo. The two best examples of Mudéjar in the city are the synagogues of Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito. The first, of the late 12th century, features an exotic influence and mixture of arts. The second, of the 14th century, has one of the best coffered ceilings in Toledo. Other places of interest include the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz (Christ’s Light) and Santo Tome Church, house of El Greco’s masterpiece “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”. Accommodation of your choice in Toledo.
Travel to Arevalo about 32 miles north of Ávila. Here one can admire the churches of La Lugareja, San Martin and Santa Maria all of which are notable from the point of view of Mudejar Art. The village itself is quite interesting as it has changed little since the 17th century. Accommodation of your choice in Segovia.
Travel to Olmedo, located very close to Cuellar, which was one of the centres of Castilian Mudejar during the 13th century. In Olmedo it is worth seeing both the Church of San Andres and the Monastery of La Mejorada. Just a few miles from here is Iscar which has a valuable example of Romanesque-Mudejar, the Aspes of Santa Maria. In Cuellar, called the capital of the Mudejar World, you may visit the churches of San Martin; which is home to the Centre of the Interpretation of Mudejar Art, San Esteban and El Salvador (The Saviour). Accommodation of your choice in Segovia.
Travel to Madrid. Madrid stands at the very center of Spain- geographically, culturally and politically. This capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. The power and glory of Madrid is reflected in its parks, plazas, boulevards and in the pride and panache of today’s Madrileños. For all its international veneer, however, the city remains thoroughly Spanish, and old Madrid is designed to a human, rather than a monumental, scale. Accommodation of your choice in Madrid.
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