The Alcazar of Seville:A Study of the Religious and the Secular in Mudajar Architecture

Mentor: Ruth Anne Phillips

Abstract: The Alcazar of Seville is a Mudajar palace complex in the south of Spain. Built in the 14th century AD by Pedro I, King of Castile and Leon, the palace is based in the Iberian Islamic architectural tradition. This study examines the interaction between the natural elements, such as water, light and vegetation, and the built environment. The analysis is conducted through two lenses, the religious and the secular. The religious lens interprets the Alcazar through references to religious texts, while the secular lens interprets the expression of control.