The Arab vein runs deep

Arab style doorways

You may ask yourself, what are those Arab style doors doing in a Spanish colonial town in Central America? Well, if you blow the dust away from History 101 books or read the Wikipedia entry on Spain, you may recall that all the Iberian peninsula, was under Muslin (Moors) control since 718 CE. The Arab rule on Spain lasted until 1492.

That was a very long time and the Muslin had a profound influence over the Iberian cultures. At its best it produced exquisite architecture and art, reads the Wikipedia entry. This why we can enjoy these gorgeous doorways in La Antigua Guatemala.

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  • Your doors series is so wonderful! It follows the woman under the arch so fluidly.

  • Yes I love your door seris too! This one is great! I didn’t know Spain was once under Muslim control. Thanks for sharing that =)

  • Edwin, you are doing a great series of buildings yourself.

    Anne, see you come here and you learn something, I go to ManilaDP and I learn something, that’s the beauty of the DP family. Although, Analie, I believe Filipinos should know about the Moors in the Iberian Peninsula since Las Filipinas was under Spanish rule and many Filipinos are half Spanish, as yourself.