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The entrance, Alhambra, Granada, Spain

When I was young, I was given a book as a present from my teacher after I won a story telling competition. The book entitled “Tales of Alhambra” by Washington Irving. I was 12yrs at that time. I was so fascinated with the story telling. Written in 1831, this book tells tales of romance, greed, battles and hidden treasure, to summarize a little. It has a description of Granada and the beautiful Moorish castle, The Alhambra; it is just similar to a travelogue. This vision of a beautiful architecture and one of the titled from the book is ‘Pilgrim of Love’ make me want to go to see Alhambra.

 

I arrived in Malaga the first week of New Year 2006 in cold winter.

The Palace of the Lions or Mohammed V, Alhambra, Granada, Spain
I was invited for a celebration by a friend that celebrated their wedding anniversary. My friend has a beautiful house not far from Malaga airport. On the 10th of January, I bought a belated birthday present to myself, a ticket to enter Alhambra. A night before we leave to Granada, I try so hard to sleep early but I can’t, I am too excited. Finally I fall asleep for a couple of hours. We leave home about 7am and I slept all the way in the car to Granada. It is such a waste I didn’t get the chance to see my journey there. When I woke up, we are already in the city of Granada; I can see some part of the castle from below. My heart started pounding so hard.

 

I went alone inside the Alhambra, my friend and his wife have been there many time and they want to do some shopping at a near by area of Alhambra and ask me to call whenever I am done.

The Palace of the Lions or Mohammed V, Alhambra, Granada, Spain
From the book I’ve read and many guide books too, I feel like I knew the place. So I just walk slowly and enjoy the scenery and nice view. I like to share with you of Alhambra from what I saw and I knew. I’ve been advised by many people to see this place by walking. Here it goes, you will discover a unique Arab medieval citadel, probably the best preserved in the world, that is also the highest tourist attraction in Spain today. There are gardens and yards, like the Generalife Gardens, the fortress and the dungeons and of course the palaces of the Sultans, like the Palace of the Lions or the Palace of the throne. Sound like the Arabian Night, right? ;-p

You will feel the atmosphere of the Moorish culture surrounded by the perfume of the flowers and the murmuring of the water fountains. The history of the Alhambra is linked with the geographical place where it is located, Granada.

Generalife Gardens, Alhambra, Granada, Spain
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 13th century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, also known as Alhamar. Throughout the 13th to 15th 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.
Alcazaba, Alhambra, Granada, Spain

As I said from my Travbuddy profile, when asked which place are the most memorable, I said Alhambra:  “Definitely Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Why? It is just magical and I am very fascinated with the view and design, it is my dream to visit since young, when I was there, I can hardly breath and feel like I am floating, it was Amazing, would like to go back there again during Spring or Summer”. Enough said huh? ;-) People Choice’s award for the 7 wonders of the world this year did not choose Alhambra as one of the wonder, this come from a 100 million internet and phone voters from all around the world, I am a little upset. Maybe next year, we’ll see. ;-) J

jteddyb says:
That's really interesting. How much you love this place comes through in your writing.
Posted on: Nov 28, 2007
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