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Alhambra

Calle de Real de Alhambra, Granada, AN 18009 Spain

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  • AlhambraPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    5 Apr 19, 2014

    I credit visiting the Alhambra as one of the foremost reasons I decided to live in the Middle East for three years. The fact that the Alhambra survived its capture by the Spanish and the Inquisition speaks volumes to how impressive this complex truly is. The Moorish Arches and stalactite ceilings are some of the finest Islamic art in the world.

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    Rachel E.
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    5 Mar 02, 2014

    Absolutely stunning and yes, we did stay for almost 4 full hours. We went in the off-season which had its advantages (less people and we could walk up and buy tickets at the gate) but also disadvantages(gardens were pretty empty). We also missed out on the seasonal night tours which I'm guessing would be amazing.
    The palaces are the highlight with amazingly detailed design from floor right up to the ceiling.

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    Liza Prado
    5 Nov 14, 2013

    If there's one must-see place in Granada it's the Alhambra. A jaw-dropping architectural beauty, it is an Islamic palace and fortress complex built by the Moors in the 14th century (and later expanded by the Christians in the 16th century). Beyond the structures themselves, the gardens and fountains and two museums are worthy of a full-day excursion. Consider buying tickets in advance via the internet--the number of visitors is limited and tickets often sell out.

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    Ramona Flume
    5 Oct 22, 2013

    The Alhambra ("Red Castle in Arabic) is the must see attraction in Granada. The incredible palace, constructed in the 14th century by Moorish rulers, is strategically perched on top of a hill to the southeast of Granada, affording beautiful views of the whole city and the surrounding valleys. Tours of this UNESCO World Heritage site are popular so be sure to plan ahead when buying tickets.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    If you haven't studied up on your European, African and Middle Eastern history, you might be surprised to find out just how long the Moors ruled much of Spain. One of the architectural treats of visiting Granada in southern Spain is touring this Islamic-styled palace, with its mosaic tiles, cool fountains and reflecting pools.

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    Menske
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    5 Aug 22, 2013

    out of this world....but avoid the main holiday period. it is to crowded to fully enjoy the place. you have to take your time to take it all in.

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    Jeremy Schmitz
    5 Feb 20, 2013

    A must see, no doubt about that. Make sure you are prepared for the steep walk up from Plaza Nueva.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    5 Jan 29, 2013

    One of the most spectacular sights in all of Spain. This palace - part fortress, part garden - is not only beautiful and romantic (in every sense of that word), but is so significant to the history of Andalucia and the destiny of Spain. This was the "last stand" of the Moorish kingdom -- or more like a sad surrender by Boabdil, who with a heavy heart surrendered the Alhambra to Isabella and Fernando of Spain in 1492. Despite the palace Carlos V built within its walls, the Alhambra still exists as a testimony to the Andalucia that once was. If the crowds of tourists weren't so loud, you would hear the sound of running water everywhere. Poetry is written in every wall. Mosaics everywhere. Look up at any ceiling and be amazed with its intricacy. The garden is a place I can spend whole afternoons in. There are views of both the Sierra Nevada as well as Granada, especially the Albaicin and Sacromonte. What I find most fascinating are the tales that took place within the Alhambra. Read Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra before going and see each part of the palace in a new light.

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    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Sep 10, 2012

    Alhambra is a fortress on a hill with a spectacular view of Granada. When Cordoba fell to the Christians in 1248, the muslims of Cordoba evacuated to Granada. It was here that a new muslim dynasty, the Nasrids, was founded in 1248. They had declared their allegience to Ferdinand III, and ruled until 1492, when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela defeated the muslim army, and forced them to leave Spain.

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    5 Aug 19, 2012

    This is really a must see place. Allow plenty of time to see it. Get lost among the gardens and the architecture. Incredibly this place was abandoned for years before they realize the wonder it is. The moorish designes are not only decoration but are based on Islamic mysticism.

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The Alhambra is a Moorish fortress and palace complex in Granada, Spain. It was built in the late thirteenth century by members of the Nasrid dynasty, the last Muslim rulers remaining on the Iberian Peninsula. After the Catholic Reconquista, the palace was taken over by Christian rulers who constructed multiple annexes and other outbuildings. The complex’s name means “the red one” in Arabic, a designation stemming from the red stone out of which it is built. The Alhambra is known the world over as one of the best examples of Islamic architectural styles and an important historical location. It is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.
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