The Alhambra (Granada, Spain)/ La Alhambra

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In Tales of the Alhambra, Washington Irving wrote, “Such is the Alhambra—a Moslem pile in the midst of a Christian land, an Oriental palace amidst the Gothic edifices of the West, an elegant memento of a brave, intelligent, and graceful people who conquered, ruled and passed away.”

Sadly, before I saw the Alhambra, I didn’t know how famous it was; but once you see it, you will understand why it is such an important piece of art and history! Built as a small fortress in 889, it was renovated in the 11th century and is a great example of Moorish architecture combined with Christian influence.

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These photos speak for themselves.

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The “honeycomb” or “stalactite” detail exemplifies the craftsmanship of the artisans.

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Canopies and columns.

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The Court of Lions.

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The tile work. I want tiles like this in my future house!

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Pools and fountains.

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The rotunda in the Palace of Charles V.

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More amazing tile work and engravings.

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A view of Granada.

If you are able to go to Granada, Spain, make sure you see the Alhambra. And don’t forget to reserve your tickets for the Palace. That’s a must! It’s simply an amazing piece of architecture, art, and history!

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