Theatres of memory
The idea to create a Museum of Europe in Brussels was born from a triple assessment: Europe exists; its citizens do not know much about it and, what is worse, do not want to know anything; and, since nothing is done without the citizens’ approval in a democracy, it is important to develop a pedagogy for Europe. A history museum is an excellent tool to do this, among others.
In the last fifteen years, the links between Politics and Memory have come to the forefront of public attention.
The Mosque of Cordoba is one of the great sites of European memory. With its famous colonnade, its semi-circular arches and the alternating red and white voussoirs it is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, and also a reminder of its Moorish past.