Aren’t those pillars with their very detailed decoration just an unbelievably beautiful sight? We were lucky enough to enjoy this remarkable view within the Aljaferia, the palace in Zaragoza. Especially since I started working as a photographer, I was able to see a lot of the most wonderful sights and buildings on this planet, but I have never been so captivated by a building before. I know of no other place in Europe, which unites so many different historical eras in one structure as the Aljaferia does.
The palace is built on foundation walls of a tower house, which dates back to the Moorish Kingdom in the 9th century. The original building has been expanded and altered many times since its establishment during the Taifa Kingdom in 1065. Especially after the recapture by the catholic kings in 1118 its design was remarkably influenced by the immigrating Muslims and their renowned Mudejar style. This style is strongly characterised by the Islamic architecture; horse-shoe arches and stucco are successfully added to the other architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. This mixture composes a unique and distinct style, which is very common in all of Catalonia.
Even though the palace seems to be completely deserted in this picture, its many different features and architectural styles fill it with history. After I took this picture, I stood for a view minutes in this beautiful spot and had the feeling every single building stone was telling me its very unique and moving story. It was a magical moment.