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Throughout history, Spain's proximity to Arabic North Africa and its ties to the Moors has greatly influenced its culture, and nowhere is this seen more than in the architecture of the country. Spanish architecture can be adventurous and breathtaking in its merging of Islamic and Gothic influences. From Roman ruins to medieval castles and Gothic churches to amazing mosques, Spain is a dream come true for an architecture lover. We start in the North, with one of the newest additions to Spain's history of electic beauty.
Love it or hate it, American architect Frank Gehry's controversial design for this contemporary art museum must be seen. In a way, the design follows in the historical footsteps of Spain's unique architectural styles.
Barcelona has rightly become synonymous with Antoni Gaudi, the architect whose style has defined the modern city. It's extremely difficult to pick one building to represent Guadi's unbelievable contributions to architecture, but this mondo-Gothic church is, rightly so, one of his most popular.
The entire region of Aragon is rife with beautiful examples of Mudejar architecture--if you are adventurous, you could set out on a walking or driving tour of the area to explore all that Aragon has to offer. In the meantime, this Moorish palace is an outstanding example of the style in the area.
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Alhambra is a tourist trap: It is one of the most popular sites on the entire European continent. But there is also no doubt whatsoever that it must be seen. With its stunningly beautiful marriage of Islamic and Western architectural styles, it is the very epitome of the Spain's rich and diverse cultural history.