Beauty everywhere

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View of the grounds around Alhambra
Granada is beautiful, stunningly so.

Today we woke, well-rested and caught the bus to the top of the hill for our visit to Alhambra.

Alhambra was the fortress, castle and grounds of the Moorish empire here in Granada until 1492 when the Moorish empire was driven out by the Catholics as part of the Reconquista. The Spaniards then took over the grounds, made some changes, and with Carlos V began living at Alhambra in the newly constructed palace. Around Granada many of the muslims were forced to convert to Catholicism or were driven out and eventually were eliminated during the Inquisition. It is a very dramatic and ferocious history.

The grounds of Alhambra are one huge archeological site.
Still digging at the stie
Many of the gardens have been recreated and are beautiful. Throughout the site you can see where digging and reconstruction are going on, next to sites that have been unearthed and are open for tours. There are four main sections, the Alcazar or original fort, the Palacio Navaries which was the original Moorish palace, the Castilo Carlos V which he built when he moved in and decided the Navaries was not to his style, and the Generalife which was the everyday residence of the Moorish empire. Alhambra is perched at the top of the hill, towering literally over Granada.

We are here on a beautiful, clear, sunny day, and have views of all of Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance. Granada is located between the mountains, where you can ski, and the sea at the Costa del Sol.
skylights carved in the ceiling at the baths
Within an hour or two you can enjoy all types of weather and recreation.

Brian and I toured the entire grounds of Alhambra and took tons of photos. The Palacio Navaries is built out of white marble and is filled with carvings in Arabic and filigrie designs as well as mosaic tiles. It is designed according to the principles of Islam and contains fountains and beautiful gardens. I tried to capture some of the beauty in my photos and we also took some videos which are posted on Brian´s blog.

After leaving Alhambra we caught the bus to the other hillside to tour the Albayzin, which is the Moorish area of Granada. We wandered around until I realized I needed food and water immediately. After some lunch and much refreshed we continued down the hill, through the Albayzin and back into the city center of Granada. We came straight to the internet cafe to update our blogs and catch up with family.

Tonight our goal is to find a flamenco performance in the Sacromonte area which is the Roma or gypsie area of Granada. More about that later...
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View of the grounds around Alhambra
View of the grounds around Alhambra
Still digging at the stie
Still digging at the stie
skylights carved in the ceiling at…
skylights carved in the ceiling a…
Inside the Palacio Carlos V, it ha…
Inside the Palacio Carlos V, it h…
View from Alcazar, the original fo…
View from Alcazar, the original f…
View of Granada with the Cathedral…
View of Granada with the Cathedra…
View of the mountains
View of the mountains
Mosaic inside Palacios Nazaries
Mosaic inside Palacios Nazaries
Marble carvings
Marble carvings
view of the Generalife
view of the Generalife
View of Alhambra and the Sierra Ne…
View of Alhambra and the Sierra N…
Street view of Albayzin
Street view of Albayzin
Street view of Albayzin
Street view of Albayzin
Granada
photo by: Chokk