Andalucia

Granada

Granada (POP 240,000, ALT 740m) is much more than the Alhambra, the most renowned buildings of Islamic Andalusia. We spent a week staying in El Albayzín, the World Heritage former Arab quarter with its maze of narrow winding streets on the hill opposite the Alhambra.

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Alhambra from our apartment in El Albayzín

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New Gate of the Weights - illegal butchers weights were displayed here

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Street in El Albayzín

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Cathedral of Granada,16th century built on top the city's main mosque

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Inside the Cathedral

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Parroquia De San Justo Y Pastor, 16th century

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Mudéjar Tower of San Juan de los Reyes

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Santo Domingo Church, 1512-1532

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Corral de Carbón, 14th century - oldest monument left by the Arabs ...

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... was an inn for merchants in transit and a wholesale market

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Santa Ana, 16th century

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Minaret of a still functioning Mosque

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Church of the Savior was the 13th century Mosque of the Albayzín

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Monastery of St. Jerome, Renaissance style, 1504

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Carthusian Monastery of Granada - began1506, took 300 years to complete

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El Albayzín - functioning Mudéjar water well

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Little Morocco in El Albayzín ...

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... where we enjoyed the menu of the day

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Could never walk by without trying - Pastelería López-Mezquita founded 1862

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Narrow street leading from El Albayzín to the Alhambra ...

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... across a 16th century bridge


The Alhambra was an “alcazaba” (fortress), an “alcázar” (palace) and a small “medina” (city), all in one. Expanded by the Moors in the 13th-15th centuries, modified by Christian rulers before falling into disrepair in the 19th century, the Alhambra is now protected and preserved as an UNESCO World Heritages site. 

Moorish poets described the Alhambra as “a pearl set in emeralds” and there is something magical about it but with 2.5 million selfie snapping visitors a year, perhaps these days it’s best appreciated from afar.

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We entered via the Justice Gate, built 1333-1353

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Wine Gate - after the Reconquest wine left outside was not taxed

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Inside the Moorish Royal Palace

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One of the Palace rooms

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Multiple arches lead from one room to another

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Light and shade in the Palace

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Twelve marble lions throw jets of water

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Entrance to the Arab baths (Christian kings banned bathing)

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Partal Gardens

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Water garden in the Generalife, summer palace of the Moorish kings

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Water feature of the Gemeralife

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Palace of Spanish King Charles 5, avant-garde for 1527 (after the Reconquest)

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Looking down at Granada from the Alhambra

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A great night out in Grenada with Evelyn and Steve