The Alhambra in Granada Cathedral Spain

So much to see! You will walk through the Patio de los Arrayanes or "Court of the Myrtles." Measuring over 40 metres or 140 feet long, it has another name: Patio de la Alberca or "Court of the Blessing" thanks to the pond full of goldfish. Galleries surround the court. You will see the Torre de Comares nearby, which contains the Salon de los Embajadores or "Hall of the Ambassadors." This room is the largest in the whole complex; it is perfectly square with sides of 12 metres or 37 feet long. Its ceiling is covered in blue, gold and white circles, crowns and stars. But, Look up! Its dome is 23 metres of 75 feet high. A small historical digression: you are walking in the steps of Christopher Columbus, because this is where he was granted his request to sail to the New World.


At night the Alhambra is even more stunning. This picture was taken on the way back from a small restaurant in Granada

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Everyone comes to the Patio de los Leones. Sublime might be too strong a word, but see for yourself. Oblong-shaped, it is 35 metres or 120 feet long with a pavilion at each side. There are over 120 marble columns. Paved and walled with multi-coloured tiles. The main attraction is of course the fountain with its 12 lion statues made of marble representing courage. They functioned as a clock as water flowed every hour from one to another. Sadly, it does not work anymore, because it was taken apart after the Reconquista but could not be put back together.


This palace has one feature that will stay with you for a long time. This is the fountain of the lions

Not to be missed is the Sala de los Abencerrages or "Hall of the Abencerrages" named after an extinct lineage of nobles and filled with colour and arched columns. Go into the Sala de las Dos Hermanas or "Hall of the two Sisters" named after the two flawless marble slabs and containing a fountain, but gaze upwards at its honeycombed dome.


The courtyard of the Myrtles is a stunning example of moorish architecture in Granada.

If you leave the Alhambra without admiring its vase, you should not be forgiven. It dates from 1320 and it exemplifies Moorish ceramic art. It is 1.3 metres or 4 feet high, and is a mixture of white, blue and gold. Make you sure stop by the Palace and Gardens of Generalife. It is filled with hedges, fountains and rows of cypress tress. Buildings of note are the Villa de los Martires or "Martyrs' Villa" and the Torres Bermejas or "Vermilion Towers." Ancient Roman ruins have been discovered here. In the XIXth Century, the palace was abandoned and suffered the whims of nature, such as an earthquake in 1821 and lighting in 1881. Restoration began belatedly under Ferdinand VII in 1828. A day or two could be required to truly appreciate the Alhambra.




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