The great Granada
tapa bars

Granada Cathedral
Burial place of the Catholic Monarchs

The Alhambra...
heaven on earth

The Koran continually repeats the idea that heaven is a garden
with running water. From this perspective you could say that
the Alhambra is an Arabic attempt to create heaven on earth.

The Alhambra is considered by some to be one of the ten
wonders of the world. It consists of gardens, fortifications
and sumptuous palaces. It was the home of many of the
Arabic Sultans who ruled the entire province and for
centuries it received the optimum in interior decoration
and architecture.

Official Site, tickets

Andalucia Guide

Boabdil's Last Stand


The last
days of a
great empire

In 1491, after years of wars between Christian and Muslim, Granada was the only Muslim-governed city left in Spain. Boabdil…Abu `Abdallah Muhammad XII, last Nasrid ruler of Granada ended the Moorish presence by consenting to hold Granada in 1492 as a tributary kingdom under Ferdinand and Isabella, king and queen of Castile and Aragon.

The Alahambra, originally constructed as a small fortress in 889


Fairytale Palaces

The Alahambra was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 11th century. The Berber king, Badis ben Habus, built the current palace and walls, and it was later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers.

The palaces decoration consists, as a rule, of Arabic inscriptions that are manipulated into sacred geometrical patterns wrought into arabesques. Painted tiles are largely used as panelling for the walls. The palace complex is designed in the Mudéjar style which is characteristic of western elements reinterpreted into Islamic forms, widely popular during the Reconquista. Read More




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