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... up our pre-purchased tickets. As usual, there was a line to "skip the line", but it was short, and we were picking up our tickets in short order. We had booked a timed entrance to the Nasrid Palace for 3pm, and were hopeful that we could move that forward a bit, but it turns out that for whatever reason the whole place wouldn’t even open until 2pm, so no chance of that. We decided to take advantage of the couple of extra hours to go down and ...
... Sadly, the Alhambra was captured by the Catholic reconquista on 1492, last European Moorish strong hold. The catholic monarchs added more Christian buildings to the complexes without destroying the original Moorish palace. The restoration began in 1923 and it was declared UNESCO World heritage site on 1984.
The Nasrid Palace is absolutely beautiful covered in richly decorated Islamic stuccos, structures with chants of great Allah inscribed in. The ...
... in the Albaicin district, where we wandered down narrow roads and lanes making our way back to our hotel. On the way down we visited the Cordoba Palace which was very nice (and free). We stopped for lunch at a lovely little bar next to the Rio Darro and, after a lunch of salad, Iberico ham, grilled peppers and bread we headed back to our hotel for a bit of a siesta. Granada is such a beautiful city with a permanent population of around 250,000, which is increased ...
... The palace, built in the 13th century is the main reason for a visit to the Alhambra. The last time we saw Islamic architecture in such exquisite detail was in Jaisalmer in India. This palace is a true masterpiece, no expense spared. Colourful ceramic tiles, intricately carved latticework, arched windows and central courtyards with lots of fountains. A mosque was built next to it....remember the Muslim "call to prayer" five times a day! ...
... the next day. And once again, we enjoyed been shown the town by a local. We were a small group of Jacqui and I with a couple from Chicago. The tour was to take us on a tour to see the transformation from Islam to Christianity. We started at the Cathedral and wandered up through the to numerous alleys of the old silk market (Alcaiceria), through the old Arab area of Albaicin, down to Puerta Neuva and back to the ...