The Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (Museum of Popular Arts and Customs) in Sevilla, España is located in the Plaza de las Americas which was, along with the nearby Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It was built in the mudejar style and was called, perhaps not too creatively, Pabellon Mudejar (Mudejar Pavilion).
The word mudejar is a Spanish bastardization of an Arabic word that referred to Muslims who continued to live under Spanish, Catholic rule during the “reconquest” of the Iberian Peninsula in the middle ages. Now the term often refers to an architectural style that incorporates elements of, and is greatly influenced by, Muslim art and architecture from this period. These doors bade me farewell at the end of my jogs through the beautiful botanical preserve on which the museum rests, the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Louisa Park).
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