Friday, November 13, 2009

La Alhambra

"The Red One"
Deriving its name from the Arabic word "al-hamra" meaning "red", La Alhambra is one of the most famous tourist attractions today and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the 1300's by the Nasrid dynasty, La Alhambra covers over 1,525,000 square feet and overlooks the city center. The unique monument was originally designed to serve three roles - a palace (alcazar), a fortress (alcazaba) and a city (medina) - and has seen many different occupants over the years.

It was really a spectacular visit - the history of fighting between the Arabs and Christians, the beautiful architecture, peaceful gardens and stunning views of the city and mountains were well worth the price of admission!

A courtyard in the palace gardens

Isabelle inside the Palace of Charles V
Enjoying the view the rulers of Granada once did.

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