This class is like a virtual tour of the terrific town of Teruel. It is a very special place in Spain that was rewarded with rich architecture from the Early Middle Ages to the Modernist period.
While the 15th-century war against the Moors was being waged by the Catholic Monarchs in the south of Spain, the Muslim population that lived under Aragonese rule were left alone to live in fairly reasonable conditions and work as serfs keeping many nobles rich.
Because of this religious tolerance, Teruel became a jewel of Aragonese Mudejar architecture. The term Mudejar comes from the Arab word “mudayyan” which means - the one who has been allowed to remain.
Structures were developed by skilled master builders, the majority of them Moors who were expert artisans, stonemasons and carpenters. Their extensive knowledge of Moorish architecture gave them the ability to produce a very distinctive architectural style. We can see it in both defensives as well as religious constructions.
Teruel also went through an architectural boom in the 20th century proudly producing important modernist buildings which boast a variety of styles from Art Nouveau to Viennese Secession, but always proudly directed by Catalan Modernism.