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When Europe was groping its way through the Dark Ages, 10th century Islamic Spain, Andalusia, was considered the jewel of the world.
Christianity and Judaism mixed easily with Islam, and no where else in Europe were the arts and sciences as brilliant as they were in Cordova, the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain.
The land is arid, but the cities of Cordova, Grenada and Seville vibrate with color and resonate with Flamenco and Gypsy music.
Cobblestone streets lead past elegant arches and medieval walls.
And In Seville the magic of the Alhambra with its intricate fountains and elegant courtyards has a beauty and grace that Europe only achieved in the later Renaissance.The Alhambra (from Arabic, literally “the red one”) was a favorite of American writer, Washington Irving, who described the Christian “modifications” as a “brick among lace.