Friday, 30 July 2010

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

The Alhambra (Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎, Al-Ḥamrā' , literally "the red one"), the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra (الْقَلْعَةُ ٱلْحَمْرَاءُ, Al-Qal'at al-Ḥamrā' , "the red fortress"), is a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada, now in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

The Alhambra's Moorish palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Los Reyes Católicos ("The Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was "discovered" in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Wilkipedia

The Alhambra is large and unique. When I was preparing for my trip to Spain with my mom, more than one person told me to visit the Alhambra and a few people referred to it as one of the modern wonders of the world.

This former palace is in great shape, with many of its original architectural features. The Moorish influence is found in the arches of the ceilings and the details of the entrances.
 The grounds of the palace feature amazing gardents as well as the foundations of the former cottages of the people of the castle.

We spent a good day touring the palace, its garden and its grounds. The colours of the bricks and stones are fascinating. The carved wood is beautiful. It is an historic jewel.

We were able to visit the Alhambra with our travelling friends D. and S. This was our last day with them; we had travelled with them for about a week.

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