The aim of this online course is to facilitate the acquisition of deeper knowledge about the Alhambra, its history, its building processes, its aesthetic values and its conservation policies. Participants will learn about and analyze these topics over a period of six weeks.
The course will examine, through six weekly modules, the evolution of the citadel, palace and city that were built by the last state of Al-Andalus, the Nasrid Sultanate.
A team of professors and researchers have designed this course about the Alhambra’s cultural characteristics and history. The teachers will use audiovisual materials produced specifically for this course, supplementary teaching resources and direct online assistance. The course can be taken by anyone interested in the topic.
Introduction to the Alhambra Week 1
What is Al-Andalus?
What is the Nasrid Sultanate?
What is the Alhambra and why was it built?
Why is the Alhambra conserved today?
The Alhambra and the concept of cultural landscape
History of the Nasrids Week 2
Origins of the Nasrid dynasty: the Ansars of Medina
The beginning of the kingdom (13th cent.): Muhammad I and the "new" fortress
Muhammad II and Muhammad III: new construction horizons (14th cent.)
The change of dynastic branch and its consequences: Ismail I
The Nasrid Golden Age (s XIV.): Yusuf I and Muhammad V
15th century: Muhammad VII and Yusuf III
The decline and fall of the kingdom: Muley Hacén and Boabdil Zagal
Structure of the Alhambra Week 3
The Alhambra as a city
Streets and entrances
The defence system
The water infrastructure
The religious spaces
The service buildings
The gardens, orchards and pastures
The archaeological areas
The aesthetics of the Alhambra Week 4
The construction materials of the Alhambra
Calligraphy and poets
Doors and wooden frames
The ceiling of the Salón de Comares
The paintings in the Alhambra
The Court of the Lions
The gardens of the Alhambra
Water in the Alhambra
Plasterwork and muqarnas domes
Light in the Alhambra
Geometry and mathematics at the Alhambra
The music of the Nasrid Kingdom
Life in the Alhambra Week 5
Who lived in the Alhambra?
Official receptions, parties and celebrations
Daily life at the court
Male and female spaces
Homes and domestic dwellings
Daily life in the medina
Conservation and restoration Week 6
After the Christian conquest of Granada
The eighteenth century: Academics
Leopoldo Torres Balbás and scientific restoration
Conservation in the Alhambra and the work of Francisco Prieto Moreno
Management by the Board of Trustees of the Alhambra and the Generalife
The universal Alhambra
In the distance. Visions of the Alhambra Cross curricular module