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Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

The development in the 12th century of Mudejar art in Aragon resulted from the particular political, social and cultural conditions that prevailed in Spain after the Reconquista. This art, influenced by Islamic tradition, also reflects various contemporary European styles, particularly the Gothic. Present until the early 17th century, it is characterized by an extremely refined and inventive use of brick and glazed tiles in architecture, especially in the belfries.

Architecture mudéjare d’Aragon

L’apparition au XIIe siècle de l’art mudéjar en Aragon est le fruit de conditions politiques, sociales et culturelles particulières à l’Espagne d’après la Reconquête. Cet art d’influence en partie islamique reflète aussi les différentes tendances européennes qui se sont développées parallèlement, notamment le gothique. Présent jusqu’au début du XVIIe siècle, il se caractérise par un usage extrêmement raffiné et inventif de la brique et des céramiques vernies, en particulier dans les clochers.

هندسة أراغون المدجّنة

يُشكّل ظهور الفنّ المدجّن في أراغون في القرن الثاني عشر ثمرة ظروف سياسيّة واجتماعيّة وثقافيّة خاصة بإسبانيا بُعيد الفتح الثاني. ويعكس هذا الفنّ ذات التأثير الإسلامي التوجهات الأوروبيّة المختلفة التي تطوّرت على خطٍ موازٍ وخصوصاً الميول القوطيّة. واستمرّ هذا الفنّ حتى مطلع القرن السابع عشر ومن خصائصه الاستخدام المنمّق والمبتكر لحجر القرميد والخزامة المطليّة خصوصاً في قبب الأجراس.

source: UNESCO/ERI

阿拉贡的穆德哈尔式建筑

公元12世纪穆德哈尔艺术的发展与收复国土后西班牙当时的政治、社会和文化状况息息相关。这种艺术形式不仅受到了伊斯兰传统的影响,而且还体现出了当时欧洲的风格,特别是哥特式风格。从公元17世纪初一直到现在,这种艺术风格在建筑中,特别是在钟楼建筑中,以创造性地精妙使用砖块和釉面砖而闻名。

source: UNESCO/ERI

Памятники стиля мудехар в Арагоне

Развитие в XII в. искусства мудехар в Арагоне явилось следствием политических, социальных и культурных условий, сложившихся в Испании после реконкисты. Это искусство, питавшееся исламскими традициями, отражало также влияние различных современных европейских стилей, прежде всего – готики. Существовавшее до начала XVII в., это искусство характерно крайне изысканным и изобретательным использованием кирпича и глазурованной плитки в архитектуре, особенно при сооружении колоколен.

source: UNESCO/ERI

Arquitectura mudéjar de Aragón

La aparición del arte mudéjar en Aragón, hacia el siglo XII, se debió a las peculiares condiciones políticas, sociales y culturales de la España de la Reconquista. Influenciado en parte por el arte islámico, el mudéjar también muestra huellas de las tendencias coetáneas de los estilos arquitectónicos europeos, en particular el gótico. Los monumentos mudéjares –cuya construcción se prolongó hasta principios del siglo XVII– se caracterizan por una utilización sumamente refinada e ingeniosa del ladrillo y la cerámica vidriada, sobre todo en los campanarios.

source: UNESCO/ERI

アラゴン州のムデハル様式建造物

source: NFUAJ

Mudejar architectuur van Aragon

De Mudejar kunst ontwikkelde zich in de 12e eeuw in Aragon, als resultaat van de politieke, sociale en culturele omstandigheden die Spanje domineerden na de Reconquista. De kunstsoort werd beïnvloed door de islamitische traditie, maar weerspiegelt ook hedendaagse Europese stijlen, in het bijzonder die van de gotiek. Mudejar kunst was aanwezig tot het begin van de 17e eeuw en uitte zich in de architectuur door een uiterst verfijnd en inventief gebruik van baksteen en geglazuurde tegels, vooral terug te zien in de klokkentorens. De Mudejar kunst van Aragon symboliseert het vreedzame samenleven van de islamitische, christelijke en joodse cultuur en de onderlinge uitwisseling van kennis en ervaringen.

Source: unesco.nl

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Long Description

The Mudejar art of Aragon symbolizes pacific coexistence between the Muslim, Christian and Jewish cultures, exchanging knowledge and experiences. Within this special historical context Mudejar art came into being in Teruel, as in Toledo, Zaragoza and many other cities. These art forms drew their substance from both the Western tradition and the Eastern Islamic tradition, itself transformed by the artistic accomplishments in the Maghreb and the Emirate of Córdoba. The material culture has survived in space and time thanks to the historical processes of conquest and colonization of new lands.

The region owes its architecture to the singular nature of the reconquest, in the early 12th century, of territories dominated by the Moors since the 8th century. For various reasons, the Christians allowed the Moors to remain on the reconquered lands and keep their own culture and religion. On the other hand, Islamic art fascinated the Christians, who continued using its themes for a long time. Mudejar art represents the fusion of two artistic traditions, Islamic and Christian, in the region of Aragon. Here the easily available materials were brick, lime, ceramics, and timber, which were also economical in use.

The history of Mudejar art in Aragon can be divided into three phases:

  • beginnings (12th-13th centuries): the ceiling of the cathedral of Teruel, dating from the second half of the 13th century, is the most interesting artistic achievement of Mudejar art in Aragon;
  • full development and expansion, coinciding with the introduction of Gothic to the Iberian Peninsula. Mudejar art continued to predominate over Gothic, except in some minor areas in the south;
  • final period (16th-17th centuries): the Mudejars were forced to convert to Christianity, becoming 'new Christians' (Moriscos). This is followed by a period of intolerance, resulting in the expulsion of these new Christians in 1609-10. This is the period of the decline and extinction of Mudejar art, with the interruption of relations with the Islamic world and the introduction of Italian Renaissance. There were still some achievements in Zaragoza, Muniesa, Mara, Tierga, Alcubierre, Villamayor and Ricla.

The churches are divided into three groups: those with one nave, those with three aisles, and fortress churches. Another category is represented by the bell towers, the most visible element of Mudejar architecture, which are characterized by great richness in their decoration: a variety of geometric patterns of brick reliefs, different patterns of coloured ceramics, elements in gypsum, as well as various architectural forms, niches, windows, and buttresses. The towers can have different forms in plan: octagonal base, square base, or a mixture of both forms. Their internal structure differs from the Almohades model (with one tower inside another), and the stairs are additional feature. Another typical feature of Mudejar architecture is found in the painted and decorated wooden ceilings (e.g. Santa María de Mediavilla) of Teruel. Mudejar architecture is also found in monasteries, castles, and residential buildings.

In the Province of Zaragoza there are the Palace of La Aljafería, initially an Islamic royal palace; the Cathedral of La Seo del Salvador, built over a former Moorish mosque; the Church of San Pablo, which has a octagonal tower, and its Almohad-type minaret remains largely intact although with some Renaissance additions and a Baroque spire; the Collegiate Church of Santa María, Calatayud, replacing a former Moorish mosque, with the 14th-century cloister on the north side (the largest of such Mudejar constructions); the Parish Church of Santa Tecla, Cervera de la Cañada, built on top of an old castle; and the Church of Santa María, Tobed, which is well preserved and with fine interiors with carved and painted ceilings, built to the order of Pope Benedict XIII under the patronage of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Teruel's monuments are: the towers of San Pedro, the cathedral with the painted ceiling, San Salvador and San Martin. The Teruel towers together form a coherent ensemble which is truly characteristic of Mujédar art after the Reconquista. The architects of the Christian churches copied the structure and decoration of Almohad minarets, although giving them new functions right from the start.

Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC
Historical Description

The Mudéjar art in Aragón is a direct consequence of the singular nature of the Christian Reconquest, in the early 12th century, of territories that had been dominated by the Moors since the 8th century. For various practical and political reasons, the Christians allowed the Moors to remain on the reconquered territories and keep their own culture and religion. On the other hand, Islamic art fascinated the Christians, who continued using its themes for a long time. Because of this cohabitation, many Islamic buildings were preserved, such as the Aljaferia Palace in Zaragoza and other palaces and mosques in Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, and Granada. In this cultural context, there also developed a new expression, Mudéjar art, which represented the fusion of two artistic traditions, Islamic and Christian. The region of Aragón became one of the principal locations for this development. Here the easily available materials were brick, lime, ceramics, and timber, which were also economical in use. Most master builders were Moors, who continued to contribute to the construction. Mudéjar art gradually declined with the interruption of relations with the Islamic world and the introduction of Italian Renaissance concepts in the 16th century.

The history of Mudéjar art in Aragón can be divided into three phases: a) the beginnings from 12th to 13th centuries, b) full development and expansion in the 14th and 15th centuries, and c) survival and extension in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Only few examples of Mudéjar art remain from the period immediately succeeding the Reconquest. The earliest surviving buildings are in Daroca and Teruel. In Daroca these include the tower of St Domingo and the apse of St Juan from the mid 13th century. Both constructions were initiated in stone and completed in brick. In Teruel the earliest examples are the church of St Maria de Mediavilla (cathedral), and the tower of St Pedro, of a slightly later date. Both of these have very similar decorative systems and structures: they are gate towers on a square base, allowing a passage under a pointed vault, reinforced with buttresses. It should be understood that, apart from their religious and military functions, these bell towers also had an important town-planning function in tracing the routes. The ceiling of the cathedral of Teruel, dating from the second half of the 13th century, is the most interesting artistic achievement of Mudéjar art in Aragón.

The full development of Mudéjar art in Aragón in the 14th and early 15th centuries coincides with the introduction of Gothic to the Iberian peninsula. In Aragón, Mudéjar art continued to predominate over Gothic, except in some minor areas in the south. The most common type of church has a single aisle, with a polygonal apse of five or six sides and without any buttresses. The structure presents some characteristics of Gothic architecture, showing the interrelation between these two art forms. Many of these churches were modified in later periods. The churches of Zaragoza (La Magdalena, St Gil, and St Miguel de los Navarros) correspond to this type. Perhaps the most distinguished type of church building in this period is one with a strongly military function, a fortified church with tribunes over the lateral chapels, opening towards the exterior. In fact, the patrons were mainly from military orders.

In the last period, starting from the beginning of the 16th century (1502-26), the Mudéjars were forced to convert to Christianity, becoming "new Christians" or "moriscos". This is followed by a period of intolerance, resulting in the expulsion of these new Christians in 1609-10. This is also the period of the decline and extinction of Mudéjar art, though there are still some interesting achievements, of which there are examples in Zaragoza, Muniesa, Mara, Tierga, Alcubierre, Utebo, Villamayor, and Ricla.

Source: Advisory Body Evaluation
Notes
  • Extension of the "Mudejar Architecture of Teruel".