What do Sultans, Queens, Christopher Columbus and camera-wielding tourists all have in common? Standing in awe of Granada’s gem of Moorish architecture: The Alhambra.
I’d wanted to visit for the last 6 years, and on a perfect sunny day in November, ticket in hand, I climbed the short tree-laiden path to the entrance. What follows is a short (~3 minutes) video tour, in Spanish with English subtitles, of two parts of the immense fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the south of Spain.
Part 1: Of COURSE I need a summer house next to my palace (Generalife, summer house, 51 secs)
Huge palace, equipped with gardens, not quite enough? I didn’t think so. Let’s build a gorgeous summer house a few minutes’ walk away, shall we?
The immense summer house and accompanying gardens: Generalife (see video below).
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Part 2: The Nasarid Palaces (1 min 51 secs)
Wonderfully decorated, frequently visited and the most important spot in the Alhambra to visit (you even have to go in at a specific, regimented time), the palaces are beautiful. Only a small-ish section of the palaces are accessible to the general public, but this is more than enough to get a taste of what the sultans, queens and sultans who lived here had as their surroundings. It’s also where Columbus was given the go-ahead to take a trip to India, which resulted in the discovery of the Americas. See video below.
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As you can see, this isn’t a video tour of the entire complex (it’s a big place!). If you’d like to see some more photos, follow this link to Flickr (tip: you can see another important part of the fortress: the towers from which the owners spotted would-be invaders).
Question: Visited the Alhambra already, or want to go there? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.