Statue of Abderraman I

At the foot of El Peñon del Santo stands a statue to Abderraman I (also referred to as Abd ar-Rahman I or Abdul Rahman I), who landed in Almuñecar in 755 AD and founded the Umayyad Emirate of Córdoba, a Muslim dynasty that ruled the greater part of Iberia for nearly three hundred years.

Abderraman I statue, Almunecar

Abderraman (full name Abd al-Rahman ibn Mu’awiya ibn Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan) was born near Damascus in 731 and died somewhere between 785 and 788 in his adopted city of Córdoba.

Abderraman I statue, Almunecar

After being kicked out of his native Syria in 750, barely escaping with his life, Abderraman spent several years in exile before landing at Almuñécar.

Abderraman I statue, Almunecar

In addition to being Emir, Abderraman was also referred to at various times in his life as ‘The Immigrant’ and the ‘Falcon of the Quraysh’.

Abderraman I statue, Almunecar