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Granada Part II: The Alhambra

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The jewel of Granada is, without question or competition, the Alhambra.  Perched high above the main city, the Alhambra is a sprawling fortress and palace, with walls, arches, and ceilings so intricately engineered and decorated, it could take endless visits to fully appreciate its beauty.  The richness of its aesthetic appeal is equalled only by its history.  Built as a fortress in the 9th century and expanded into a palace in the 11th century, it was the last Muslim stronghold in Spain until the Catholics took it in 1492.  For a time, it was used by both Catholics and Muslims, however, that symbiosis was relatively short lived, lasting less than ten years. 

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If you’re planning a trip here, my only recommendations are to (1) do it, (2) charge your camera battery because, if you’re like me, you’ll be totally shutter-happy, and (3) book tickets well in advance, as they sell out quickly.  I also recommend hiring a guide, as there is so much history to take in here it would have been easily overwhelming for us to try to do it on our own.

A huge thank you to R and P for letting S and I tag along on this amazing trip! Until next time, Spain!

 

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I'm an American living in Mainz, Germany and, after a a one-year sabbatical from office life, working as a corporate lawyer in Frankfurt. While living in Europe with my fiancé, my goals are to see as much art, taste as much food, and experience as much life as possible.

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  1. Pingback: Granada Part I: Flamenco | Leap

  2. I have a special place in my heart for the South of Spain. The unique architecture, the beautiful culture, delicious tapas. Sigh! Your post took me right back – thank you!

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    • Thank you so much! It would be pretty difficult not to fall in love with Southern Spain 🙂 Glad I could take you back for a bit!

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