Whenever I pictured the Alhambra, I imagined large, beautiful gardens and a magnificent, lavishly decorated Moorish fortress. I was delighted that everything was just as I expected them to be, and more. Once I arrived in Malaga
, a major port, I took a bus which led me to the entrance of the palace. On the way there, I saw many beautiful sights, and we even stopped at a cafeteria to eat something, since the ride was somewhat long. Many of the terms for food in Spain change from the Spanish I'm used to speaking, which made it a little bit confusing to order what I wanted. I first started to walk through the gardens of Generalife. I have never seen such a beautiful garden in my life! There were small, man-made ponds everywhere, as well as many "arches" created by the vegetation there.
One of the many arches inside...
I especially liked walking below the arches... Everything was so calm inside the gardens, very peaceful indeed. There was just something special about them, I just couldn't make it out. They were just simply amazing! After looking through the gardens, I decided to enter the main palace. To enter you have to pass some walls built to protect the fortress from enemy attacks. When I entered the palace, I was met by many rooms decorated with intricate geometric patterns. In the Islamic culture, the Koran advises Muslims against possible idolatry, so that's why you don't see any decorations depicting humans or animals. Instead, you see the geometric patterns, calligraphy, leaves, and fruits. It was very interesting stepping into each room, looking at the beautiful Arabic calligraphy.
I couldn't understand it at all, but the beauty of it all just impressed me. In some rooms, the ceilings were completely filled with the calligraphy, some with the beautiful geometric designs. The courtyards were very picturesque, with many Moorish decorations. The most popular one is the "Court of the Lions", a courtyard decorated by a fountain in the middle, flanked by several lion statues. Another beautiful courtyard in the palace has a long, narrow reflecting pool running down the middle of it. This palace is simply amazing, with beautiful courtyards, a rich Moorish history, and magnificent gardens. Anyone visiting the area should definitely pay this great palace a visit.