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Dr. Allen Fromherz
College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
The Program: Barcelona - The Marvels of Catalonia, Spain
Troubadours. Geometry. Spectacular Gothic and Romanesque Architecture. Rich Culinary and Artistic Culture. The Pyrenees Mountains and the Beautiful Coast. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of Europe’s most vibrant and diverse cities. It was also a major Medieval port and capital of a Mediterranean Empire. Although not ruled by Moors as long as Southern Spain, this region has long been influenced by Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures. This course will examine the interactions between Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Catalonia. It will also study how Medieval Barcelona grew to be a capital of trade and commerce, setting a precedent for later, Spanish Empire and conquest.
Based in a modern, comfortable Hotel in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona with its winding streets and lost alleyways, we will go on several day trips. First, to the Pyrenees Mountains to visit the monastery of Ripoll where the founders of Medieval Catalonia are buried and where some of the world’s best-preserved Romanesque sculpture can be found. We will also travel to Gerona to study the Moorish baths and the lasting influence of Medieval Jewish culture. We will spend at least one night in the city of Valencia - an important port once ruled by El Cid. On the way we will visit the small medieval city of Tortosa and the ancient ruins of Tarragona. Finally, back at our base in Barcelona, we will explore everything the city has to offer, including one day dedicated to more modern wonders the - Sagrada Familia of Gaudí and the Palau Música.