Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Legacy of Our Beloved Andalusia


"At a time when London was a tiny mud-hut village that could not boast of a single street lamp, in Córdoba there were half a million inhabitants, living in 113,000 houses. There were 700 mosques and 300 public baths spread throughout the city. The streets were paved and lit. The houses had marble balconies for summer and hot-air ducts under the mosaic floors for winter. They were adorned with gardens with artificial fountains and orchards. Paper, a material still unknown to the west, was everywhere. There were bookshops and more than seventy libraries."
-James Burke about Córdoba in the 9th Century

Oh Andalusia, although I live in this 20th Century, your image, your lights and shadows has followed me with hope, beautitude, and grief.

Someday, I will visit you, O blessed Earth.
And someday, you'll see again the days of Thou Glory.

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