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Medina Mayrit : the origins of Madrid

Author: Ana Ruiz
Publisher: New York : Algora Pub., 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ana Ruiz visits the monuments, architecture and archeological remains of early Madrid, tracing its evolution up until the Christian conquest in the late 11th century. This history gives special emphasis to Madrids Moorish origins, while savoring the piquant blend of Celtiberian, Roman and Visigoth elements that give it such a distinctive style. Now the capital of Spain, Madrid was originally founded as a modest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ruiz, Ana.
Medina Mayrit.
New York : Algora Pub., 2012
(DLC) 2012001695
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ana Ruiz
ISBN: 9780875869261 0875869262 0875869246 9780875869247 0875869254 9780875869254
OCLC Number: 797821565
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 224 pages :) : color illustrations
Responsibility: Ana Ruiz.
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Ana Ruiz visits the monuments, architecture and archeological remains of early Madrid, tracing its evolution up until the Christian conquest in the late 11th century. This history gives special emphasis to Madrids Moorish origins, while savoring the piquant blend of Celtiberian, Roman and Visigoth elements that give it such a distinctive style. Now the capital of Spain, Madrid was originally founded as a modest fortress intended to protect nearby Toledo. It had just a small military population during the 9th and 10th centuries, as well as the Morería of the early Christian era, yet it evolved into an influential cultural center. The author highlights colorful personalities and shows how, throughout al-Andalus or Moorish Spain, Mayrit was a leader in pottery techniques, agricultural methods and hydraulic engineering. Amply illustrated, the book is a virtual portrait of the city and a virtual walking tour, offering specific information for those who wish to stroll the streets and visit archaeological, architectural and geographical sites that have been preserved. The author closes with etymological theories relating to terms and place-names appearing throughout the book, and provides historical and geographical background.

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