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كاتدرائية غرناطة.. حكاية كنيسة بنيت على أنقاض مسجد بعد سقوط الأندلس (فيديو)

Granada Cathedral.. The story of a church built on the ruins of a mosque after the fall of Andalusia (video)

History is written by the victors, not only between the folds of books and on the margins of the papers, but by carving their symbols, and demolishing the landmarks of the defeated, and this is what happened in Spain and witnessed by the Granada Cathedral, which was built on the ruins of the Granada Mosque, which was built by the Muslim rulers of Andalusia.


In a new episode of the “Travel Stories” program, colleague Hana Abul-Ezz travels to the Spanish city of Granada, and follows the story of the most famous cathedral in Spain.

The story of the cathedral begins with the history of the city of Granada, which was the last stronghold of Muslims in Andalusia, which collapsed in the end like many civilizations that preceded it due to the weakness of its rulers and their rivalry. Some of them still survive today, despite attempts to erase the traces of Islamic identity from Andalusia.

The idea of ​​building the church began immediately after the defeat of the Muslims, where Kings Fernando II and Isabel I issued a decision to build the church in 1492 AD, to be evidence of the end of the Islamic state in Andalusia and the beginning of the Christian state. his place.

The church was designed by the Spanish engineer Enrique Egas to combine the designs of the Gothic era and the designs of the Renaissance at the same time. During these years, a number of engineers rotated to build the church, including the engineer Juan de Mina from 1563 AD to 1571 AD, the engineer Juan de Oria from 1571 AD until 1590 AD and others.

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The idea of ​​building the church expanded a lot to become more than just a church or even a cathedral, but it became a symbol of the establishment of the Spanish state again, which made it the focus of the attention of the Spanish kings, including King Charles I, who was scheduled to make it a mausoleum for him and his royal family, but that did not materialize, as His son, King Philip II, moved the entire site of the royal shrines out of Madrid.

Many kings also took care of decorating this church with precious paintings and statues, such as the busts of the Prophet Adam and his wife Eve, and statues representing the Queen and King Isabel and Fernando Pedro de Mina y Medrano kneeling during prayer.

Travel stories programme, prepared and presented by colleague Hana Abu al-Ezz, photography by Hana Abu al-Ezz, montage by Islam Farghaly, production manager Sanaa Hussein.