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.
These photos speak for themselves.
The “honeycomb” or “stalactite” detail exemplifies the craftsmanship of the artisans.
Canopies and columns.
The Court of Lions.
The tile work. I want tiles like this in my future house!
Pools and fountains.
The rotunda in the Palace of Charles V.
More amazing tile work and engravings.
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!