Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Greetings from Granada

A bright hello from Andalucia...I am currently touring the magnificent city of Granada, set against the glorious Sierra Nevada mountains. While here, I visited the awe-inspiring Alhambra Palace, a World Heritage Site built in the 14 century, boasting elaborate Moorish architecture and idyllic gardens on a vast complex that overlooks the entire city.

One could only imagine what the palace must have been like centuries ago while in its prime. Royalty weaving their way through the extensive hallways, echos of laughter, secrets and debate heard through the ornately carved stucco walls, golden honeycomb domes shadowing polished marbled floors, poetic gardens painted with shades of eden, beautiful queens dripping with diamonds and the king sitting upon his lofty throne.

Alhambra translates as 'Red Castle' in Arabic, a name given to it due to the reddish tinge on the palace walls. The original colour has faded over the years, along with some of the ornamented interiors - lost to weather, wars and the sands of time. The building is still in excellent condition and has been well restored. It is a perfect example of Spain's rich and decorative history and has to be one of the most impressive ancient marvels that the country has to offer.

These are some photos I took of the palace and the surrounding gardens.


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