Hospital de la Caridad, Sevilla

This blog post could also be subtitled: when the travel books let you down royally. Or a second option: the only church I have ever been pissed to have paid to go inside. So some back story before my rant on why the Hospital de la Caridad isn't worth the 8 euro price. History The hospital/church [...]

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#65. Alhambra

Ok so I know I am totally going out-of-order with my blog posts on the AP Art History 250 (and I haven't written one in forever. Sorry!) but this blog post aligns with my summer Spain trip and my academic project for the NEH Summer Institute, A Reverence for Words. Connections to AP World History [...]

UNESCO: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville

Set in the historic center, UNESCO sets apart three important buildings to incorporate in the Seville UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cathedral, Alcázar, and the Archive of the Indians.   Cathedral A cathedral is the literal "seat" of the bishop of the diocese and is, therefore, the most important church in any city. This cathedral dates [...]

UNESCO: Historic Center of Córdoba

Like Florence, the whole historic center of Córdoba is incorporated in this UNESCO Site. That tells you there is so much here that they couldn't narrow it down to one building of importance. In general, Córdoba is known as the original capital of Moorish (Muslim Caliphate in the Iberian Peninsula. Córdoba's history does not start [...]

Medieval Al-Andalus

The Andalusian region certainly has a different flavor, sound, and look than the rest of Spain. Today this region is called Andalusia but that comes from the Arabic term Al-Andalus for the Muslim-controlled regions of the Iberian Peninsula. This multi-cultural past remains very visible in the major cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville (the three [...]

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World in AP Art History

In preparation for my NEH Summer Institute, Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Culture through the Arts, I received a package in the mail that contained your usual welcome forms and letters along with a book of poetry and a DVD, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. I decided to plop down while folding laundry [...]

AP Art History @ The Met

This is the Mecca of all art museums (I've never been to the Louvre so maybe that's up there too ;)...lol). I made the mistake of trying to see what it would be like to spend opening to close at the Met...I don't suggest it at all! But to save you the effort, I catalogued the [...]