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 [...]

UNESCO: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín, Granada

In 1238, Granada became the capital, or seat, of the Islamic caliphate on the Iberian Peninsula after the Christian conquest of Córdoba in 1031. Granada was eventually conquered in 1491 by Isabella and Ferdinand, effectually ending 700 years of Muslim rule on the peninsula. This one UNESCO site in Granada, Spain is really three different [...]