The Alhambra in Granada

By | July 21, 2011

Generlife Garden in The Alhambra, Granada

Anyone travelling to Granada, must visit The Alhambra. The Alhambra is what people associate Granada with. For example you can’t travel to Athens and not visit The Acropolis because that would be just wrong! It’s a no, no! You can see The Alhambra from the city of Granada because it is up on a hill. They even have a beer in Spain called Alhambra which would be very refreshing after spending some hours in the sun there!

What is The Alhambra?

The Alhambra is a Palace from the Nasrid Dynasty dating back to the 13th Century by the founder King Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar. Throughout time with Spanish history and bloodshed, it was taken over by The Catholics, Charles V in 1492. Today, The Alhamba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

There are four main areas of The Alhambra being:

* Nasrid Palaces – Mexuar Palace, Palace of the Lions, Comares Palace
* Generalife – Gardens
* Alcazaba – The Military Area
* Partal – The Portico of the Palace, Gardens, The Rauda, The Palace of Yusuf III and the Paseo de las Torres

You are only able to visit The Nasrid Palaces the time is shows on your ticket, but are able to explore the other areas before due to so many tourists exploring.

The Gardens are magical with scrubs designed in a maze type of layout, big roses or all colours, flowers, fountains and ponds with little fishies. So nice! From the Gardens you can see all of Granada. Just wear sunscreen in the summer because there isn’t that much shade and it get’s very hot!

You can see the Moorish influence in the architecture of this palace. I know history is history, but whenever I hear of certain people being killed and kicked out of a region, I find it sad. You see this huge Palace which first started it’s construction is 1238 being designed with such detail and with this grand impression over you & you can put together how Spain has so much influence from the Moors. I don’t claim to be a Spanish history whiz, and say all of Spain is influenced by the Moors, but you can feel and see it. This history makes Spain beautiful!

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