chapter  2
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Sacred landscape in early modern Granada

Muslim past and Christian present
WithA. Katie Harris

In this chapter, the author explores the conversion of early modern Granada and the many layers of its sacred landscape that this process created, focusing on the interplay between memories of the city's Muslim past and its Christian present. With the entry of Castilian troops into the city, Granada's sacred landscape began to shift and change. Over the course of the next four years, between nineteen and twenty-two lead books were found on the site, which came to be called the Sacromonte, or Holy Mountain. Though scholars and commentators in other parts of Spain were skeptical of the finds, Granadans responded to the discoveries on the Sacromonte with enormous enthusiasm. Eventually, after many decades of controversy, the lead books and the parchment were condemned by Pope Innocent XI in 1682 as morisco forgeries. With the departure of the majority of Granada's few remaining moriscos, the older Islamic sacred landscape continued to fade away.