Calat Alhambra, Second Life

Inara Pey reports some wonderful information on her blog: someone has done a very faithful recreation of the legendary Alhambra in Second Life. I’m heading there soon to do an inspection of the place. In the meantime, take a look at this article yourself, and then consider a trip. A note: according to Inara’s last paragraphs, there is a mosque here, used by a practicing Muslim community. While they do not require observance of their customs, it is encouraged as a sign of respect for their traditions. Shoes are easy to take off, and there is a basket of hijab scarves for women, so this small act of cooperation is simple to do.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Update June 6th 2012: Sadly, Al Andalus Alhambra, Second Life, closed on June 6th 2012. My slideshow of the build will remain on this site as a reminder.  

It is one of the most stunning palaces in the whole of Europe, one that brings together light, life, culture and geometry in a stunning tour de force of medieval Islamic architecture – albeit one forced to incorporate western European styles as exemplified by the Palacio de Carlos V. It is the Calat Alhambra, al-Qal‘at al-Ḥamrā’, the Red Fortress.

Occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica in southwestern Granada, the palace symbolised the height of the Islamic presence in Spain, with Granada itself the last of the great city-states of Islam within Spain to ceded itself to Christian rule when Ferdinand and Isabella conquered the city in January 1492.

Christian history would have us believe that the reconquista

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