La Alhambra - Gardens

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La Alhambra (“The Red One”) is a palace and fortress located in Granada, Spain. It was originally constructed as a fortress in AD 889 on top of Roman land used as a military camp. In the mid 13th century the ruins were renovated and rebuilt by the kingdom of Granada (Emirate of Granada), who built the current structure that still remains. In 1333 the sultan of Granada, Ysurf I, converted it into a royal palace. In 1492 it became the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella and where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his voyage to discover America. For more on the history or Al Alhambra visit here.

We started our tour in the palace gardens called the Generalife Gardens. The gardens were also built in the 1300s as the summer palace of the Granada Moorish kings. It is one of the oldest Moorish gardens that are still living. La Alhambra and the gardens are up high on a hill with an incredible view of the landscape.

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 View from the palace

View from the palace

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In the picture above you can see the remains of the ancient city wall still standing. If you look close enough, you can also see the cave like homes that the gypsies live in.

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Legend says that the sultana met with her lover in the tree trunk pictured above in the garden. The sultan then executed all of the men he suspected to be her lovers.

The flowers along the path pictured above are poisonous!

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The door pictured above is the door that the sultan walked out of in surrender. He asked that it is never opened again, and it hasn’t been to this day.

 Ruins from attacks on the palace.

Ruins from attacks on the palace.

 At some point Napoleon Bonaparte’s coachmen’s quarters were here.

At some point Napoleon Bonaparte’s coachmen’s quarters were here.

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Pictured above is Queen Isabela’s tomb, very simple for a queen. For more on Queen Isabella, click here. Her and her husband, Ferdinand, are known for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus’s voyage that led to discovering America.

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