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Architecture- El Mudejar

A brief description of the Islamic influence of Spanish architecture.
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Arte de mudejar representa la fusion de dos tradiciones artisticas, islamica y cristiana. The Moors reclaimed their lost land from Christians in the 12th century. They allowed the Moors to remain on the reconquered lands and keep their own culture and religion. Islamic art fascinated the Christians, who continued using its themes for a long time. Within their territory, the easily available materials were brick, lime, ceramics, and timber, which were also economical in use.


El Mudejar de Aragon vino de la influencia de Islam. One of the events (possibly the most significant) in the history of Spanish art is the outbreak of a style called "Mudejar". "Mudejar" is the appearance of Christian and Muslim influence (mostly coming from Islam).


Hubo tres fases de mudejar. (A) The ceiling of the cathedral of Teruel, from the second half of the 13th century. (B) Full development and expansion, corresponding with the introduction of Gothic to the Iberian Peninsula. Mudejar art predominates over Gothic. (C) The Mudejars were forced to convert to Christianity, becoming 'new Christians'. This is the period of the decline of Mudejar art, with the extinction of communication with the Islamic world and the introduction of Italian…

El mudéjar actua como un tratado de paz. The Mudejar art of Aragon symbolizes pacific coexistence between the Muslim, Christian and Jewish cultures, exchanging knowledge and experiences. There was much turmoil and tension between religions and this was their way of expanding their horizons.