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Why the Alhambra needs to be on your bucket list

June 10, 2014

The Alhambra is the most significant and spectacular piece of Islamic architecture in Spain. Prominently overlooking the city of Granada, it exudes an imposing presence and brings forth stories of the ancient world as it is often the subject of poets and authors.

Built as a small fortress in 889, and subsequently improved upon and rebuilt by the various rulers of the land, the Alhambra was really an evolving and expanding piece of art throughout history. The intricate calligraphy carved into the walls, honeycomb vaulted ceilings, wonderfully carved lion sculptures, colorful mosaics and many relaxing fountains make this visit more than worth your time. It is an adventure the moment you step into the palace and you are instantly transported back in time.

Tips:

  1. Buy the tickets for a morning visit, so you may spend extra time wandering in the gardens after you have soaked in the wonder within the Nasrid Palaces.
  2. Be sure to walk down the stairs where you are surrounded by flowing water in the handrails, the sound is amazing.
  3. Plan some time to walk up to the Mirador de San Nicolas for golden hour views of the entire complex.

 

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