Inside the Nasrid Palaces, the intricate calligraphy and wood and plasterwork provide texture to all surfaces. Passages give way to open patios featuring fragrant orange trees or gurgling fountains. Outside, the immaculately landscaped grounds lead to a maze of gardens in the Generalife, all sculpted bushes and many-colored roses. All of these treasures, hidden behind solid red walls which overlook the city below.
The Alhambra is a palace/fortress complex dating back to the 13th century (with additions constructed in the 16th century by Christian conquerors) and is one of the best-preserved examples of Moorish architecture in the world. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra encompasses many different areas, but perhaps the most significant are the Nasrid Palaces, the Generalife (or gardens) and the Alcazaba (citadel).
Photos: Alhambra, Granada, Spain / May 2016
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