Al-Andalus closes

Amid all the good news of the birthday, there is still news of regions disappearing from the grid – frequently among the most interesting ones, too.

Al Andalus Alhambra Palace and Auditorium: Photograph by PJ Trenton
Al Andalus Alhambra Palace and Auditorium: Photograph by PJ Trenton

News comes on Facebook that Al-Andalus is closing tomorrow, June 6th.  In fact, when I went over there, it seemed that the two core sims had already gone.

The message explains: “After five years, three years more than she expected, Rose (Springvale) is stepping out of the role of Estate Owner of Al Andalus … It has been a great successful project, but there just isn’t much interest anymore. Thanks for your support!”

Al Andalus Mezquita: Photograph by PJ Trenton
Al Andalus Mezquita: Photograph by PJ Trenton

As Delia Lake, a long term supporter, adds: “It has been a pleasure to have these beautiful sims for all of the past five years. I’ve made friends I would never otherwise met. I’ve learned history of peoples and cultures about which I knew little before. I’ve had numerous conversations with many people about what it is to be a community when the members are diverse in so many ways. Thank you to everyone who participated in Al Andalus over the years.”

Prim Perfect Issue 8: March 2008
Prim Perfect Issue 8: March 2008

We covered the public launch of the first two Al-Andalus sims back in the magazine in March 2008.  The original premise was to re-create some of the most famous palaces, gardens, plazas and great buildings – such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba – of the medieval kingdom of Granada, where Christians, Jews and Muslims met in an amazing cross-cultural environment. It was a fascinating – and timely – concept, to re-create a time and culture where divergent faiths came together … perhaps never quite as harmoniously as some might have hoped, but certainly with some stability.

As an experiment in virtual democracy, they federated for a time with the Confederation of Democratic Sims, and at this time were featured on Designing Worlds. Later they left, and I must confess I haven’t visited for some time.  And now, sadly, it seems it’s too late.

The Alhambra, Al-Andalus
The Alhambra, Al-Andalus

2 comments

  1. This is a shock and sad news. I’ve covered Al-Andalus twice myself. It’s a wonderful build. My original piece is the most popular single article (in terms of page views) on my entire blog.

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