A Greek-Roman & Al~Andaluz cocktail. The best of both worlds ?
The 'Casa de Pilatos' in Seville.
( For what the Deutsches Archaelogisiches Institut is doing there please go to www.dainst.org/index.php?id=611&sessionLanguage=en&sessionCountry=DE)
You might remember that a couple of weeks ago I high-speed train-traveled to Seville for BigJo's birthday party. My eventual readers will be kindly asked to re-read what I've posted about that party in this very blog under "Pepe Luiz Vazquez", the torero.
In the few spare time before a beauty late siesta needed for a party starting at midnight I strolled in the familiar territory of the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Nothing quite compares to those narrow streets in a warm low-tide tourist season Spring afternoon when the air is saturated with orange flower fragrance and the calmness of total silence prevails. And that miraculous low decibel level was a fact, thanks to twenty two athletes from R.Madrid.C.F. and Barcelona.F.C. performing at that very same time in every possible TV screen.
If one likes garden statuary, slightly decadent museum atmospheres where Greek or Roman statues or fragments are in non-selfconscious display are much better than frenchyfancy formal gardens. The Rothschild Museum in Jerusalem or the Greek-Roman Museum in Alexandria are warmer friends than the palatial wonders of Tsarskoye Selo (Ekaterinaya's included), for instance. If one likes patios and enclosed gardens the very top, nobody will argue against it, are the Al~Andaluz related gardens. Either the real Moorish thing in the Generalife (Alhambra, Granada) or the 15 to 16th centuries "fusion" western-granadine architecture you can see in Seville and all over Andalucia.
To have Greek-Roman classical statues in an Mudejar context is slightly anachronistic and it might be look as an odd mix but, like creative contemporary cuisine, it works surprisingly well. One might even be tempted to think that the Marquis of Tarifa http://www.tarifaweb.com/cultura/aljaranda/num42/art1.htm, who brought the statues from his voyage to Jerusalem in 1519 and build the Alhambra-like palace, might have been the most civilized man ever.
( This post is dedicated to Madame de Tourvel, with whom I first shared the marvels of the "Casa de Pilatos")