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Fundación El legado andalusí


The Legacy of al-Andalus is a Foundation of the Junta of Andalucia in which the Spanish government participates and whose Honorary President is His Majesty Juan Carlos I, and whose Director, the President of the Junta of Andalucia, Manuel Chaves


The aim of the Legacy of al-Andalus is to valorise and disseminate our cultural heritage, with particular emphasis on the Hispano-Moslem period and concentrating, above all, on the mutual and fertile influences of the Mediterranean area throughout the centuries. The Foundation has the backing of the Unesco, the European Council, the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation (AECI) and various institutions both public and private.




To make the Moslem Spanish culture known, its art, its monuments and our historic and social relationships with the Arab and Maghreb worlds To encounter the distinct contributions of the different cultures and try to bring them closer as well as the peoples who make up our history   HISTORICAL INHERITANCE


Explain the roles of Spain and Andalusia as a historical bridge between West and East and their relationship with the Mediteranean and South America • To strenghten our bonds with all those countries which we share our common history CULTURAL BRIDGE


CULTURAL TOURISM To promote cultural and rural tourism, traditional arts and crafts, and to protect and restore our artistic and architectural heritage


Attempting to involve the other countries that play a part in this legacy so that they can also make it their own and we can all use it to know each other better, adding our common past to our cultural wealth, in the certainty that recovering our common memory will be of benefit to all of us COLLECTIVE MEMORY


Contributing towards ensuring this common history and heritage will help us to improve the perception we all have of each other and to establish a series of relations that can aid us in achieving a world that is more humane and solidary. HISTORY AND PATRIMONY


HOW TO BRING THIS ABOUT Creation of cultural Itineraries The materialization of the ROUTES OF AL-ANDALUS Production of PUBLICATIONS Organisation of EXHIBITIONS OTHER ACTIVITIES


These Itineraries enable us to encounter the origins of Moslem art and the importance of the deep cultural relationship which existed between East and West, as well as the transmission of the Greek/Roman culture throughout al-Andalus. If this was the route by which the Arabs arrived in the Iberian Peninsular, it was also the route by which knowledge arrived.


The Council of Europe has declared the Itineraries and Routes of the Legacy of al-Andalus as: European Cultural Itineraries El legado andalusí


The Legacy of al-Andalus hopes to contribute to providing a backbone to cultural co-operation and dialogue in the Mediterranean through Cultural Itineraries. The Itineraries spread our heritage and common history and attempt to contribute to the establishment of bonds between different countries CULTURAL ITINERARIES • The Cultural Itinerary of the Almoravideans and Almohadeans • The Cultural Itinerary of the Omeyas • The Cultural Itinerary of the Mudejar


Cultural Itinerary of the Almoravideans and the Almohadeans The Foundation has implemented the Cultural route of the Almoravideans and the Almohadeans which includes: ·          Spain ·          Portugal ·          Marrocco ·          Algeria ·          Tunis ·          Mauritania ·          Mali ·          Senegal


The great Almoravidean and Almohadean dynasties created a strong and powerful Empire throughout the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries which extended from Senegal through Mauritania, Mali, the Maghreb to the Iberian Peninsula at the mouth of the Ebro and the Eastern Mediterranean. The intense relationship between the two coasts gave rise to an interbreeding of the peoples and cultures, traces of which are still present today.


THE CULTURAL ITINERARY OF THE OMEYAS The Route of the Omeyas departs from Mecca and Medina and follows the Route of arab civilization which left the eastern Mediterranean and crossed North Africa to arrive in al-Andalus and which eventually culminated in the creation of the Caliphate of Cordoba under the Omeyas.  


THE MUDEJAR AND BAROQUE CULTURAL ITINERARY The Mudejar and Baroque Route aims at making this cultural Inheritance known in South America where it is most apparent in Mudejar art which is a symbol of physical and cultural intermixing.


This initiative arose in order to fix the path by which the Moslem culture was disseminated in America, and to highlight evidence in monuments and art. The countries which it includes are: Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, Uraguay, Argentina and Guatemala


The Routes of al-Andalus Parallel with the Cultural Itineraries the Legacy of al-Andalus wishes to spread and potentiate his historical, cultural and natural recourses through the ROUTES OF AL-ANDALUS which run throughout the Iberian Peninsular This is a historical and cultural tourism project with the common denomination al-Andalus. All the Routes of AL-Andalus finish in Granada and are based on historical routes


The Route of al-Andalus include more than two hundred different towns in the Iberian Peninsular. They encourage an interest in the historical inheritance and the cultural and artistic activities of these places.   The Routes of al-Andalus


The Route of the Caliphate  The Route of Washington Irving  The Nazrid Route  The Route of the Almoravides and the Almohades  The Alpujarra Route  The Route of Ibn al-Jatib  The Route of Ibn Battuta The Routes of al-Andalus


The Routes of al-Andalus ROUTE OF THE CALIPHATE This Route joins Cordoba and Granada, the Caliphate and Nazrid capitals of al-Andalus and was one of the most important routes in the Peninsular during the Middle Ages as it was used by merchant from all over the world, and it was thus, also, a path of knowledge.


This Route is between Seville and Granada and is based on the journey of the American writer and diplomat who wrote Tales of the Alhambra. There were many Romantic travellers in the 19th century who wanted to visit Andalusia and to promote its beauties through their writings The Routes of al-Andalus ROUTE OF WASHINGTON IRVING


ROUTE OF THE NAZRIDS The Routes of al-Andalus The Route of the Nazrids is between Navas de Tolosa and Granada and covers a large number of the towns which constituted the defensive systems of the Muslims and Christians between the 13th and the 15th centuries. It is still possible today to see the remains of many watch-towers and castles.


This joins Granada with Almeria by a route which allows the traveller to see the landscape of the Sierra Nevada. The Alpujarras spread through the provinces of Almeria and Granada. This beautiful countryside was also the last outpost of the Moslems. ROUTE OF THE ALPUJARRAS This crosses the white villages of the province of Cadiz where as well as magnificent fortresses and castles, there are opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities in the Natural Parks of Alcornocales, the Sierrra of Grazalema and the Sierra of las Nieves. ROUTE OF THE ALMORAVIDEANS AND THE ALMOHADEANS The Routes of al-Andalus


A large part of this is that of the journey untertaken by Ibn al-Jatib, the last historian of Muslim Spain, who was born in Loja in 1313 and died in Fez in 1374. The Route is of great historic importance and takes in Arab remains which can still be seen in places such as Lorca, Velez Rubio, Albox, Baza and Guadix.   ROUTE OF IBN AL-JATIB The Routes of al-Andalus


Co-operation with the municipal authorities Elaboration of a database Providing signs Provision of Information Points in each locality Editing of Tourist Publications Cataloguing of historical monuments and tourist infrastructure Till now three Routes have been put in place, The Route of the Caliphate, the Route of Washington Irving and the Route of the Nazrid. At the moment the fourth is being worked on, the Route of the Almoravideans and Almohadeans. TOURISTIC MATERIALIZATION To put the Routes in place the following have been undertaken:          The Routes of al-Andalus


Cooperation with municipal authorities Signs in the locality The provision of an Information Point for the Legacy of Andalusi Documents for tourist publications . Publication of a specific pamphlet for the locality Organisation of social-cultural activities There is permanent contact with the local authorities included in the Routes, with an agreement of co-operation regarding the following: The Routes of al-Andalus TOURISTIC MATERIALIZATION


Signs for the routes: Beginning and end of the route Access to localities Kilometre Signes Directional of every location Information Point Route Map Directional The Routes of al-Andalus TOURISTIC MATERIALIZATION


Creating Information Points A network of information points has been created to provide tourists with complete information on the locality and its surroundings as well as general information on the Route itself. These points are povided with: Corporative Image Exterior signs Tourist Publications The Routes of al-Andalus TOURISTIC MATERIALIZATION


Tourist Publications For each of the Routes a complete and careful collection of information has been published   The Routes of al-Andalus TOURISTIC MATERIALIZATION


Approximately 1,000,000 travellers have used parts of the Route and have visited at least 3 localities. 11 new hotels have been established. 5 new tourist businesses have been created The opening times and services of the Information Points have been expanded and improved. New jobs have been created in the tourist sector. After two years in operation the Route of the Caliphate, the first of the Routes to be established, has generated a verifiable tourist development demonstrated by the following figures: The Routes of al-Andalus


C/ Mariana Pineda s/n Edif. Corral del Carbón 18009 Granada Tel. 958-225995 Fax. 958-228644 e-mail: Fundación El legado andalusí

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