AP Crossover: Great Mosque of Córdoba & Alhambra

Although I currently teach AP World History (& loving it!) my heart is really set in AP Art History. However until I actually started teaching AP World I never realized just how much potential crossover there is between the two curriculums. Unfortunately, a lot of that global crossover will disappear with the AP World redesign, I  [...]

#56. Great Mosque. Córdoba, Spain

Art Historical Background After the Umayyad Dynasty was ousted from Syria by the conquering Abbasid Dynasty they made their way across North Africa to a new home in Andalusia, Spain. The Umayyad prince, Abd al-Rahman I, recreated aspects of his previous capital in his new home, Córdoba. In 786, after Abd al-Rahman conquered the Visigoths, he transformed [...]

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 [...]

The Diversity of the Islamic World

One of the major themes running through out summer NEH program was tracing the diversity within the Islamic World. We had a chance to look through a variety of art forms to really examine if the term "Islamic World" is even appropriate. For example, what does a Mongolian shepherd have in common with an oil [...]

Seville AirBnb Review

This was our last AirBnb for the trip and we stayed here for 3 nights. This AirBnb was a little outside the historic center but we quickly realized that it was only 15 minute walk or so to the cathedral. We cooked one night in this apartment (something I love AirBnb for!) and had a [...]