Mudejar is an art genre that was created in the twelfth century and it was popular up to the seventeenth century. Mudejar is pronounced as “muh-dah-zhah-zhar” and it means “which could stay in Spain”. It was created during Reconquista by the Moors, also called Mudejars, inhabiting the Spanish land, who agreed to be baptized and faithfully serve the Crown. It manifested itself mainly in construction, sculpture, pottery, and textiles, presenting the mixture of Islamic and Christian elements (mostly Roman and Gothic). 

 

It was the most popular during the Gothic (XV – XVI c.), when the characteristic elaborate decorations, which applied stucco, wood, and brick, were used to cover the ground to resemble embroidery or elaborate woven draperies. Muslim craftsmen’s creativity was quickly acknowledged by social elites, kings, gentry and the Church authorities, who commissioned residences, sacral buildings, and important utility buildings. 

 

Andalusia is full of monuments constructed in mudejar style, and in several provinces we can enjoy the heritage:

Almeria Province:

  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación - Huécija

Kadyks Province:

  • La Iglesia de San Dionisio - Jerez de la Frontera
  • El castillo de Torrestrella - Medina-Sidonia

Kordoba Province:

  • La puerta del Perdón
  • La capilla Real de la Mezquita
  • La Casa de las Campanas
  • La Casa de los Caballeros 
  • La iglesia de San Miguel

Granada Province:

  • La Iglesia de San José
  • La Iglesia del Convento de Santa Isabel La Real
  • El Sagrario del Convento de Santa Isabel la Real
  • El Minarete junto a la Iglesia de San José
  • La Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo
  • La Iglesia de Santa Ana
  • El Palacio de la Madraza
  • La Iglesia de San Bartolomé
  • La Iglesia del Salvador
  • La Iglesia de San Nicolás

Huelva Province:

  • En Aracena, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores - Aracena
  • El Monasterio de Santa Clara - Moguer
  • El Monasterio de La Rábida - Palos de la Frontera

Jaén Province:

  • La Iglesia de San Bartolomé, iglesia de la Magdalena - Jaén
  • La Iglesia de San Andrés - Jaén
  • Palacio del Condestable Iranzo - Jaén
  • El Convento de Santa Clara - Úbeda
  • La Puerta del Losal - Úbeda
  • La Casa Mudéjar - Úbeda

Málaga Province:

  • El convento de la Trinidad - Malaga
  • La Iglesia de Santiago - Malaga 
  • Árchez i duża część La Axarquia (historycznego regionu Andaluzji)

Sevilla Province:

  • Palacio Alcázar - Sevilla
  • La Casa de Pilatos - Sevilla
  • La Casa Olea y las iglesias de Iglesia de San Julián - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa Marina - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Marcos - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa CatalinaIglesia de San Andrés - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Esteban - Sevilla 
  • Iglesia de San Isidoro - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Pedro - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Martín - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Lorenzo - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Omnium Sanctorum - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Sebastián - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Vicente - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa Ana - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Román - Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Gil e Iglesia de Santa Lucía - Sevilla
  • Nuestra Señora de la Oliva - Lebrija
  • La iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción - Mairena del Alcor
  • La ermita de San Sebastián y el castillo de Luna - Mairena del Alcor
  • La Mayor, la Iglesia de San Pedro - Sanlúca
  • El Monasterio de San Isidoro del Campo - Santiponce

If you visit Andalusia, make sure to take notice of the magical architecture.

 

Mudejar does not only mean tisual art, but also the music. The remarkable reproducers are Javier Mas and Luis Delegado, thanks to whom we can listen to music from a few centuries ago and enjoy the unique and exotic genre.

 

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