Our first time to see the Alhambra
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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.
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.