Tempted by the stunning view of The Alhambra while attending the wedding of a good blogging friend in Nellie of wildjunket.com fame, I just had to make a stop in to checkout the inside view as well. I’ll be honest thought… I’d not really been up to speed on just what to expect inside the Alhambra except for some stinking hot Andalucian weather to follow me around all day.
Alhambra (literally called “the red one” in arabic) started off as a simple fortress in the 9th century and from there was built up by successive rulers over the centuries to become a palace of great beauty.
After the city was taken by Fernando and Isabel the then King and Queen of Spain, the Alhambra would be re-modeled and even parts destroyed. The gem of Alhambra, the Palacios Nazaries was once used as a prison and later Napoleons troops set about bringing the entire site to its knees as they looted and attempted to blow it up after their hold of the city was lost.
With such an agonising history it was amazing to walk the pathways of the Alhambra and see just how well it had been restored.
While I didn’t explore the entire site (the place is huge) I did make time to visit the Palacios Nazaries. From the famous Fountain of the Lions (under heavy restoration sadly) to the Comares Palace which houses the Patio of the Myrtles you soon find that there is so much beauty to see.
If you find yourself down the south of Spain around Granada then make time to checkout this amazing spot. A quick look around and you will see why its been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and has been a source of inspiration for architecture, literature, music and even mathematics.
And lastly I must say many thanks to The Council of The Alhambra who so graciously offered free entry to explore this stunning place.