Occuppied by the moors for over 800 years (711-1492) Spain has an overwhelming diplay of Arab influence particularly in the South, where fortresses built by the Romans to defend themselves and islamic architechture mingle with modern day constructions. Perhaps the two most famous pieces of such architechture are the mosque in Cordoba and the Alhambra of Granada, where this picture was taken. The Alhambra in Granada consists of set of palaces built for the last muslim emirs in Spain and were later used for a while by the christian rulers after the Reconquista (term used to describe the fighting and expulsion of the invading moors by the armies of the Catholic Monarchs). The Alhambra was abandoned for centuries until a group of scholars and travelers “discovered” it in the 1800s and restoration commnced. The Alhambra has now become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most visited attractions in Spain, and is also a perfect example of Islamic architechture in southern Europe.