Home Plants Travel Entertaining Cooking Books Columns Etc.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

The Alhambra

by Janet B. Carson November 21, 2022 at 8:26 a.m.

Today the Alhambra

  photo    


is a UNESCO-protected palace in Granada, Spain and one of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture. Building began in 1238 and finished in the 14th Century by Moorish sultans.  In 1492 the site became the royal palace for Ferdinand and Isabella and was the site where Christopher Columbus was given his expedition rights.   Through  the 15th century, the fortress housed palaces, the royal guard, and the nobleman and staff who maintained the palace. In the early 1800's Napoleon's army used it during the Peninsular war.  After that it was abandoned and fell into disrepair.  In 1870 the Spanish monarchy took it over and declared it a national monument and restoration began.

Today, the palace is surrounded by gardens with orchards and vegetables

  photo    


as well as flowers.

  photo    


 Our guided tour started with the gardens,

  photo    


which have various levels of plants with many topiaried or clipped cypress trees.

  photo    


 Water features were scattered throughout the gardens.

  photo    



We saw a lot of pomegranates, artichokes,

  photo    


and orange trees.

  photo    


 The flowers were ending their growing season, but we saw plenty of color.  

As we headed to the palace you could see the footprints of the smaller homes where staff once lived.

  photo    


 Today they are gradually turning them into more gardens.  The buildings were all ornately decorated with mosaics,

  photo    


and carved wood.

  photo    


 While today, most of the mosaic tileworks appear to be a pale tan color,

  photo    


they were originally painted in bright colors, which have faded over time.  

  photo    


The walls are covered in detailed calligraphy.

  photo    


 Courtyards with beautiful water features abounded.

  photo    


 It was quite impressive. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Sponsor Content

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT