A Feast for the Senses: The Texture of Al Andalus

Flying buttresses at Sevilla's Cathedral.  Sevilla, Spain.

A visit to the Spanish region of Andalucía is a feast for the senses: the scent of jasmine accompanies us on our morning stroll, siesta welcomes us with the taste of sweet wines, and the cry of guitars serenade our evenings.  In my recent journey to the region I tried to capture the elements that make the ancient Al Andalus such a rich place:  the sights, the colors,  the texture, the sounds, the smells, the flavors!
Texture is everywhere in Andalucía, in the simple paving of the narrow, twisted streets of Córdoba's Judería, in the elegant geometry of Sevilla's Real Alcázar, or the stony swirls at the Plaza de España:

Calleja de las Flores in Córdoba, Spain.

Real Alcázar of Sevilla, Spain.
Plaza de España in Sevilla, Spain.

In the plaster carvings (yeserías) that adorn the walls of the Alhambra and the Real Alcázar of Sevilla: 

Yeserías in the Alhambra, Spain.

Yeserías in the Real Alcázar of Sevilla, Spain.

In the silver candelabra that light the Church of Santiago in Málaga, in the gold retablos of Granada's Church of Santa Ana, or in the regal velvet mantle that rests on the shoulders of the Esperanza Macarena:

Church of Santiago in Málaga, Spain.

Gold retablo at the church of Santa Ana in Granada, Spain. 

Our Lady of the Esperanza Macarena, Basilica of the Esperanza Macarena in Sevilla, Spain.

In the water that flows gently from the shadowed rooms onto the fragrant gardens, in the tiled roofs and the moss covered bricks, texture is everywhere, texture and light, and color, and smells, and sounds, and flavors...

Interior fountain in the Real Alcázar of Sevilla, Spain.

Pedestal at the Plaza de España in Sevilla, Spain.

Sevilla's Plaza de España, Spain.

All images by Nadia Palacios Lauterbach.



Tomás Soria (Tomypeck) said...

Veo que eres una enamorada de Andalucía. Saludos.

Nadia Palacios Lauterbach said...

Tomás, Desde pequeña me ha fascinado!

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