One of the most astounding things about Europe, when compared to the United States, is the architecture. Due to the fact that Europe is a much older country than America, there is so much more history behind its architecture and cities. A common theme that can be seen in the cities that we visited on the Spain: Food Production, Environment and Culture trip was the combination of Muslim and Catholic styles. The long standing history between the Muslims and Catholics is very apparent in Granada and Malaga. Places like the Alhambra and the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba show the blending of the two styles very beautifully. The style that the Muslims used includes very detailed and colorful geometric designs that are captivating to the eye. While the Catholics often depicted figures in their artistic endeavors. When the two are combined it creates quite a contrasting picture that is quite fascinating to look at. When talking specifically about The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba the combination between the two is very apparent. From the outside and in the first main room you can see the Muslim influence from the use of the arches as well as the lack of figureheads. However, as you venture deeper into the building you can see multiple places where there is major Catholic influence. The addition of figureheads, crosses, and altars juxtapose the main mosque itself. This building is a way of portraying the history of Cordoba and it is unlike anything we have in the states. The Alhambra in Granada portrays the dispute over time between the Muslims and Christians in a similar way. It was the royal Muslim palace before it was taken over by Christians. The architecture done by the Muslims is very beautifully decorated with geometric patterns and arches while the Christian parts are more barren. There was even a giant colosseum that was created to replace the royal throne room. These monuments are unique to Europe and are a must-see to appreciate the rich culture of the country. 

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
The Alhambra