AL ANDALUS, THE LEGACY TO MODERN DAY SPAIN
It is not surprising that, after nearly 800 years of occupation, the Moors have left behind some pretty strong evidence of their presence in Spain. Much of this can be experienced through many aspects of 21st Century life in Spain. This illustrated talk will focus on that legacy and the evidence that will be seen, heard and enjoyed by everyone today.
Elements of design and particularly the architecture of buildings and townscapes, whether ancient or modern, frequently reflect the influence of Al-Andalus. The language, be it in place names, vocabulary or literature, also reveals a strong Arabic influence. The gastronomy, particularly citrus fruits and delicacies such as chocolate y churros, was introduced to Spain from the Middle East during the period of occupation.
There is, though, also a darker, more political legacy that has re-emerged in recent times and will be touched upon during the presentation.
Andrew Roberts BSc MBA CEng MICE MCIM
Andrew is a retired Chartered Engineer and a Graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering at Southampton University. He has been involved in a wide range of construction projects during a 45 year career ranging from dock wharfs and bridges through major military installations to hospitals and care facilities. An avid traveller, he ran a niche market travel company for ten years before retiring.
Becoming bored by retirement, he recently embarked on a new career of lecturing both on engineering and other topics that interest him. He has spoken to U3A International both in Marbella and Alhaurin on several occasions as well as on British cruise lines where his talks on the Panama Canal are very popular.
When not travelling or lecturing on cruises, he divides his time between homes in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Alhaurin de la Torre.