For hundreds of years it was a simple fact: the Muslim world began not far south of the Pyrenees. During this time there was an influx of artists, architects and engineers from across north Africa and the Middle East. They built great mosques, libraries and palaces in Spanish towns like Seville, Malaga and Granada, which were not to see similar levels of cultural investment until the late Renaissance, if at all. The richness and elegance of “Moorish” architecture, as it has come to be known, is obvious when you look at Cordoba’s Mezquita, the Alhambra at Granada and Seville’s towering Giralda. (The Guardian)