Our first time to see the Alhambra

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Each view is more stunning than the next

This medieval Arab palace has been photographed a lot but I was unprepared for its impact on me.  I had always mentally pictured it as one large building with a lot of over-the-top stucco decoration.  It's not really like that.
First you enter a walled area (the Alhambra itself) through a fairly unadorned gate (the Justice Gate) into a central area.  Off to your left is the the Alcazaba or fortress (This is the oldest part and was built by the 11th century) and to your right is a street lined with shops. One of these shops is where I saw the wonderful inlaid wood pieces and all of the shops are worth investigating.  Walk down past the shops and into an alley of trees.  This leads to long walkways lined with featureless green bushes and the occasional small fountain in an open courtyard.  Across the way you can see the rectangular towers and walls of the keep, all square and unadorned except for scalloped parapets on the tops and arch-shaped windows.

outside detail Of Charles V palace
  All this changes into a riot of tile work and slender columns when you begin to enter the buildings.  Nearby is the Palace of Charles V.  Separate and beyond on the Hill of the Sun is the Generalife which was the country house for the Moorish rulers.  It was built during the middle of the 13th century.  My photos don't do it justice.  The contrast between the severity of the exterior and the glorious exuberance of the interior keeps it from being overwhelming.  

Of course I'm not too overwhelmed to buy a book and I really should have bought some of the beautiful inlaid woodwork.  I would like to come back here sometime for a few days and see the Alcazar fortress in Almeria and also more of Granada

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Each view is more stunning than th…
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outside detail Of Charles V palace
outside detail Of Charles V palace
our guide
our guide
a view of the Alhambra overlooking…
a view of the Alhambra overlookin…
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I wish I had bought some of this …
the pathways are paved with marble
the pathways are paved with marble
the gardens surrounding the Alhamb…
the gardens surrounding the Alham…
a garden walk
a garden walk
entrance to the main building
entrance to the main building
the entrance gateway
the entrance gateway
another view of the inner gateway
another view of the inner gateway
detail of a column in a courtyard
detail of a column in a courtyard
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I loved the lines at the corner o…
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a view down an interior pool cour…
detail of the above
detail of the above
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all the designs are geometric or …
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showing the harmony of the geomet…
muted colors
muted colors
detail of a column
detail of a column
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I loved the interplay of the patt…
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it would be impossible to take an…
amazing decoration after the sever…
amazing decoration after the seve…
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a view back to the exterior as we…
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