Granada Travel Blog› entry 14 of 27 › view all entries
May 17th, 2010 – by: quinnkim
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.
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.
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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