On our first full day in Granada, we went to see one of the most famous and beautiful landmarks in the world, the Alhambra, an Arabic palace and fortress located on the edge of the city. The fortress was built first, in 889, preceding the construction of the royal palace in 1333. We took a walking tour through the grounds with a guide, and listened as she told us the history of the buildings. The interiors included intricate mosaic tile designs and wall carvings. Many reflection pools were place near the palace’s major entrances. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel renovated some of the elements, after the Muslim ruler of Spain surrendered to them in 1492. The Medieval influences were incorporated in many parts of the palace, but the Arabic influences were still the more evident. The grounds also included carefully groomed gardens and ponds. From the top of the fortress we were able to get an amazing panoramic view of Granada and its different neighborhoods. It was by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
-The above post was contributed by Claire Dramberger, Granada 1.