Friday, November 28, 2014

Alhambra


We spent Thanksgiving day at the Alhambra. It’s hard to know what to say about one of the great architectural, historical and cultural sites of the world, except Wow!

According to information, in summer the place hosts 6,000 people a day, hard to imagine, as it was plenty crowded as is.

I’m not going to say much about the site and its history. That information is easily accessible on the web. But what is notable is the site, on a hill overlooking the modern city , and the background, for the place was established by the Moors as a palace, supported by a virtual town and acitadel in the mid 14th century. It would go back and forth between Christians and Muslims for another 150 years before the Aragonians seized it.

Everyone seemed to recognize the structure’s significance and the Europeans overlayed the Moorish elements, added to them, abandoned some, but did not efface the Islamic aspects of the place. Most notably Carlos V added a palace and a citadel.

So, what I am going to post are some fairly random images with some captions. There is no way these pictures can convey the place, it has to be seen and experienced.


















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