The Alhambra

The Alhambra is a city-fortress on the hills overlooking the city of Granada. It was the last Muslim strong hold in Spain when the Christian Kingdoms started to unite the areas. It can be broken into three sections, the palace, the gardens and the city life.

To think that this site was almost left to ruins. Washington Irving was the man who brought attention back to the Alhambra in the 19th century in attempt to preserve this historical site.

Upon entering, the first thing that caught our attention was the cats who were allowed to roam the grounds.

We first toured the royal palace, which once conquered Queen Isabella did live in for a time, she also had the chapel built on the grounds of the Alhambra. But while under Muslim rule Ibn Nasar lived there as one of the last Moorish Kings.

Once conquered in 1492, it became the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. This is where Christopher Columbus got permission and funding to sail to the new world.

This is unique because we do not have any structures this grand, old and have such a cultural influence like the Alhambra represents here in America.

The gardens are directly linked to the Moorish idea of the natural piece. No where in the Alhambra are there humans depicted in the artwork, rather there is natural images, like flowers, fruits and vines or geometric patterns in tile work.

There was not much in the city portion as most of the buildings were just foundations of what originally had been there.

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