domingo, 10 de febrero de 2008

La Alhambra


As you maybe know, Spain has an incredible rich history, but did you know we were mostly a muslim country for about eight centuries? Sorry, but I will start by the end, this is the moorish palace of the last muslim kings of Granada. Granada was the last moorish kingdom in nowadays Spain and surrendered in 1492. Yes, the same year Colon discovered America. This palace, or group of palaces is known as "La Alhambra". Here you have information from the official visitors center (http://www.alhambra.org/eng/index.asp?secc=/inicio&popup=1)

"The history of the Alhambra is linked with the geographical place where it is located: Granada. On a rocky hill that is difficult to access, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, among the oldest quarters in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with reddish tones in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty they enclose.
Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar.
Throughout the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the fortress became a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers, which house two main areas: the military area, or Alcazaba, the barracks of the royal guard, and the medina or court city, the location of the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of noblemen and plebeians who lived there. The Charles V Palace (which was built after the city was taken by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492) is also in the medina.
The complex of monuments also has an independent palace opposite the Alhambra, surrounded by orchards and gardens, which was where the Granadine kings relaxed: the Generalife."

4 comentarios:

Natxo dijo...

Hey, great blog. Im spanish and what I´ve seen so far it´s pretty cool. Keep up the hard work!
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megha dijo...

yes spain has very good history


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travellermimi dijo...

Alhambra really is magnificient, its more then a momument.
It casts in stone the knowledge of architecture the spanish ppl had back then.

Mimi
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Gary at SpainGuides.com dijo...

The Alhambra is a truly magnificent historic site and a must visit if you are staying anywhere near Andalucia and Granada.