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Exhibition Gardens of Al-Andalus lands in Doha

15-04-2018

Previously toured in countries such as Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, or Kuwait,
finally the Exhibition Gardens of Al-Andalus lands in Doha.

Created by FUNCI (Islamic Culture Foundation ) and among others with the
Spanish Business Council collaboration the display will be showed at the
College of Islamic Studies (Education City Doha. Qatar Foundation) from
April the 15th to May the 31st from 9am to 9 pm.

According to the Foundation the Exhibition is an expression of the peaceful
coexistence among different cultures and of the respect for environmental
and historical heritage through one of the closest aspects to the everyday
life of people: Nature and gardens. Mediaeval gardens of the world of Islam
although influenced by local tradition were always designed around the
spiritual concept of the garden as a Paradise. Eastern (Oriental) gardens
find a close referent in the legendary, traditional Persian gardens,
dominated by grand avenues, canals, fountains and pavilions, set amidst
exuberant vegetation. Typical of al-Andalus was the courtyard with its
crossing channels and sunken paths and a central pond or reservoir. Such
gardens, of Koranic inspiration, are also related to the hortus conclusus of
Semitic tradition. There were also splendid garden areas in country estates,
with extensive terraced horizons to stress the concept of power, large
orchards and acclimatisation gardens for the cultivation of new species from
other parts of the world .

Such gardens are shown in the exhibition from four different points of
view: the Orchard Garden, the Scientific Garden, the Mystic Garden, and the
Poetry Garden. There are many texts, photographs, models and olfactory
displays enabling visitors to smell the many botanical species, and virtual
models of historical gardens

Spanish Business Council welcomes you all and expects to see you all
enjoying this fantastic exhibition.

 

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