Moorish Love – Granada, Spain Trip #12

January 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers
spent a night at Granade, a mid-sized city located in Granada Province in the Andalucia region of Spain. There, we visited the Alhambra, named (in Arabic) after its reddish wall.

view
View of the city

There are a number of interesting places to visit within Alhambra. The Palacio de Generalife (or the Architect’s Garden in Arabic) was the summer palace and country estate of the Kings of Emirate of Granada.

arch
Shadows cast by the arch…

Orange-tree
We kept seeing so many of these orange trees on the streets of Spain, so it
was not really surprising to find them here…

stones
Motifs made from stone pebbles were everywhere too…

flowers
Are these Cherry Blossoms?

Palacio-de-Generalife.
I like the intricate carvings found on the building

Court-of-la-Acequla
The Patio de la Acequia (Court of the Water Channel or Water-Garden Courtyard)
has a long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions,
and the Jardín de la Sultana (Sultana’s Garden or Courtyard of the Cypress)

plant
Life thriving on vertical wall…

A thing to note when visiting the Nasrid Palace is to adhere strictly to the allocated half-hour time for entry indicated on the ticket. This is because of the palace is very popular and a restriction of 300 people is imposed.

Patio-de-los-Arrayanes-Court-of-the-Myrtles
Court-of-the-Myrtles

doors
There were many of these walkways through doors and doors decorated with
intricate carvings…Somehow I felt colder as I walked around. Not sure if it
was due to a temperature drop or the material used for the building (stone or
marble??) made it cooler…

door
Nice

carvings3
So intricate right?

carvings4
Totally mesmerized by these carvings….

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More…

light
Interesting to see the effect of the light hitting on the carvings…

pillars
Light on the pillars

carvings
I think if I had large pieces of paper and pencils or crayons, I will start
transferring these patterns….

tisu
There were plenty of nice tiles patterns too! One of the must-get souvenirs
when you visit Alhambra are little replica of these colorful mosaic tiles

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Closer look

pattern
Intertwining geometric pattern

tile
I see stars!

restoration
We saw some restoration work in progress

layout
Alcazaba, a Moorish walled-fortification in a city, mostly built in the 13th
century, but including some structures from the 9th century. Here we have
what looked like a leftover of the layout of the fortress troops’ quarters,
a dungeon, a cistern and baths. Access to the dungeon is unfortunately blocked.

I’m not much of a history buff so sometimes while wandering around the Alhambra, I did get a bit lost and confused, especially when the signage, if any, were mostly in Spanish. While I agree that knowledge of the historical background of a place is very important for a better understanding, that certainly does not stop one from appreciating the beauty of the place. Definitely worth a visit if you go to Spain!

Also see related posts:
> My Heart Will Go On – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #11
A Peek into the Surrealistic World of Dali – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #10
Chasing Art – Spain, Trip #9
Old City of Steel – Toledo, Madrid, Spain Trip #8
Aeroplane Building – Bilbao, Spain Trip #7
House of Bones – Barcelona, Spain Trip #6
The Quarry – Barcelona, Spain Trip #5
A Visit to the Market – Barcelona, Spain Trip #4
A Bird’s Eye View – Barcelona, Spain Trip #3 
Inside the Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #2 
The World’s Most Beautiful Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #1 

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