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The fusion of Islamic & Christian Art is really quite evident here with the Moorish styled arches and Christian icons and paintings. Spain was invaded by the Moors in the 7th century and it was not until 1492 that they were expelled by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. The Moorish invaders reached as far north as Poitiers in France, where they were defeated and gradually driven back down the Iberian Peninsula. Unfortunately the Christian Spaniards were not nearly as tolerant of other religions as the Muslim Moors, who happily coexisted with both Jewish and Christian minorities. Spain then entered a very black period in its history with the Spanish Inquisition and witch hunts, as well as persecution of Islamic and Jewish minorities in Cordoba, Granada and other cities throughout Spain. Jews left en masse for places like Turkey after relentless persecutions and pogroms. I have dodged the shadows a bit to bring out a little detail in the previous inky black.

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Viewed: 1988
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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16902 W: 1065 N: 36801] (168000)
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