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The Morrocan Pavillian in Putrajaya, Malaysia

In recreating the Moroccan ambience for the contemporary scene, the Astaka Morocco, set to become a prominent landmark in Putrajaya, showcases the unique Moroccan and Moorish architecture, which is incidentally believed to be first of its kind in the ASEAN region.Development of the Astaka Morocco is an idea mooted by the Malaysian Government. Construction of the building symbolizes the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries especially with its people and culture.

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The Ornate Alhambra

A pictorial tour of the intricate and ornate architecture of Alhambra.

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The Alhamra at Granada

James Cavanah Murphy spent the last 12 years of his life preparing notes and drawings for a publication on this Moorish architecture. The resulting book, The Arabian Antiquities of Spain, was only partially…

Al-Andalus – The Alhambra

Al-Andalus (Arabic: الأندلس) was the Arabic name given to those parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims, at various times in the period between 711 and 1492. It refers to the Umayyad…

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Arabesque Art of Islamic Spain

The arabesques and geometric patterns of Islamic art are often said to arise from the Islamic view of the world. To Muslims, these forms, taken together, constitute an infinite pattern that extends beyond the visible material…

History of the Nasrids of Granada

by Markus Hattstein   The last Islamic kingdom in Western Europe and the rise of the Nasrids The last Islamic kingdom in Western Europe, the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, has always fascinated historians…

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When Spain was Islamic

Considering Spain was ruled for – in some parts – up to 800 years by the Moors, it’s no surprise that lasting remnants of Spain’s Islamic past are present in everything from gastronomy…

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