Once Upon a Time on Al-Andalus

The philosophy of peaceful coexistence in the Middle Ages

Historic background

Once upon a time there was Al-Andalus – the Territory of the Three Cultures – the testimonies, knowledge and customs of the time presented by the characters who were the base for the current Iberian nationalities.


Current locations covered by the Route (with colored markers) and possible future locations (grey markers):


Near the Castle of the village of Mértola was found the oldest direct evidence (with explicit date of year 482 AD), an epitaph with chandelier, which confirms the presence of Jews in the paleocristan community of Mértola. (image of the funerary tombstone of the Museum of Mértola).


With the Muslim domination, the Jewish community would have a higher prominence and social ascension in Al-Andalus.