Journeying Through Mud茅jar Splendor 鈥 A Fusion of Two Realms

The Mud茅jar artistic style originated in the 12th century and remained fashionable until the 17th century.

The word "Mud茅jar" is derived from the Arabic language, which means "one who remained" in Spain.

The Mud茅jar style originated during the Reconquista, when Muslim residents of Spain, called Mud茅jares, voluntarily agreed to convert to Christianity and serve the Crown loyally.

The style was expressed primarily in architecture, sculpture, ceramics, and textiles, and it combined elements of Islamic and Christian art, primarily Romanesque and Gothic.

The style reached its peak of popularity during the Gothic period (15th鈥16th centuries), when characteristic, intricately crafted ornamental decorations, made of stucco, wood, or brick, were used to cover surfaces in such a way that the walls resembled embroidered or intricately woven draperies.

The work of Muslim craftsmen was quickly appreciated by social elites, kings, nobles, and church authorities, who began commissioning the creation of residences, religious buildings, and important utilitarian buildings in the Mud茅jar style.
The style was also characterized by the use of arches, which are typical of Moorish architecture.

Andalusia is full of monuments built in the Mud茅jar style, and in each province we can admire its heritage:

Province of Almeria

  • Iglesia de Nuestra Se帽ora de la Anunciaci贸n – Hu茅cija

Province of Cadiz

  • La Iglesia de San Dionisio – Jerez de la Frontera
  • El castillo de Torrestrella – Medina-Sidonia

Province of Cordoba

  • La puerta del Perd贸n
  • La capilla Real de la Mezquita
  • La Casa de las Campanas
  • La Casa de los Caballeros 
  • La iglesia de San Miguel

Province of Granada

  • La Iglesia de San Jos茅
  • La Iglesia del Convento de Santa Isabel La Real
  • El Sagrario del Convento de Santa Isabel la Real
  • El Minarete junto a la Iglesia de San Jos茅
  • La Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo
  • La Iglesia de Santa Ana
  • El Palacio de la Madraza
  • La Iglesia de San Bartolom茅
  • La Iglesia del Salvador
  • La Iglesia de San Nicol谩s

Province of Huelva

  • En Aracena, Iglesia de Nuestra Se帽ora de los Dolores – Aracena
  • El Monasterio de Santa Clara – Moguer
  • El Monasterio de La R谩bida – Palos de la Frontera

Province of Jaen

  • La Iglesia de San Bartolom茅, iglesia de la Magdalena – Ja茅n
  • La Iglesia de San Andr茅s – Ja茅n
  • Palacio del Condestable Iranzo – Ja茅n
  • El Convento de Santa Clara – 脷beda
  • La Puerta del Losal – 脷beda
  • La Casa Mud茅jar – 脷beda

Province of Malaga

  • El convento de la Trinidad – Malaga
  • La Iglesia de Santiago – Malaga 
  • 脕rchez i du偶a cz臋艣膰 La Axarquia (historycznego regionu Andaluzji)

Province of Sevilla

  • Palacio Alc谩zar – Sevilla
  • La Casa de Pilatos – Sevilla
  • La Casa Olea y las iglesias de Iglesia de San Juli谩n – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa Marina – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Marcos – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa CatalinaIglesia de San Andr茅s – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Esteban – Sevilla 
  • Iglesia de San Isidoro – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Pedro – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Mart铆n – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Lorenzo – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Omnium Sanctorum – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Sebasti谩n – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Vicente – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de Santa Ana – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Juan de la Palma – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Rom谩n – Sevilla
  • Iglesia de San Gil e Iglesia de Santa Luc铆a – Sevilla
  • Nuestra Se帽ora de la Oliva – Lebrija
  • La iglesia de Santa Mar铆a de la Asunci贸n – Mairena del Alcor
  • La ermita de San Sebasti谩n y el castillo de Luna – Mairena del Alcor
  • La Mayor, la Iglesia de San Pedro – Sanl煤ca
  • El Monasterio de San Isidoro del Campo – Santiponce

When visiting Andalusia, be sure to take note of its fairy-tale architecture.

Mudejar is not just visual art, it is also music. Javier Mas and Luis Delegado are two of its most accomplished performers, and thanks to them, we can still hear the music of centuries past and experience this unique and exotic style in the 21st century.


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