The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #22 July / August 2016
Where Are You?
by Sonja Krüger
July / August 2016 | 

This city is the capital of a province with the same name. It is located at the base of a mountain range and the confluence (coming together) of four rivers.

The region has been inhabited for over seven thousand years, having a population at leasst as far back as 5500 BCE. Both Roman and Visigoth tribes contributed to its settlement, and by the 1st century CE, it had become a Roman municipality.

The Umayyad conquest, circa 711 CE, brought the region under Moorish control. An independent kingdom was established there in the 11th century after a civil war and a capital was established. However, the ruler decided to move the capital city to a higher location for security, and before long, the new city became one of the most important cities of the region.

The longest lasting Muslim dynasty on the peninsula began in 1228, providing connections with the Arab and Muslim trade centres and involving the trading of gold, silk, and dried fruits.

In 1492, the last Muslim ruler surrendered complete control of the empire to Catholic monarchs, and the conversion of the population to Catholicism began. During the 16th century, more immigrants arrived and the city's mosques were either converted to Christian churches or completely destroyed. In 1527, some of the remaining buildings were demolished to build a new palace.

In present day, the city is a popular tourist destination because of this historical legacy and examples of Moorish and Morisco architecture.

Can you name this city and country?

Last month's answer: St. Petersburg, Russia

Where Are You?
Writer: Sonja Krüger
Petey: Mystery image

All images are Copyright - CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Share Alike) by their respective owners, except for Petey, which is Public Domain (PD) or unless otherwise noted.


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