Alhambra - castle in Granada (GSpain)
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Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Date of build
Years 1238 - 1390
The Alhambra served the Nasrid dynasty from Grenada as the main military headquarters, administrative center and royal residence.
From outside it was a defensive fortress with 27 towers. Inside the courtyards, corridors and watercourses merge into a dazzling whole. The ubiquitous, delicious decorations in the form of ceramic tiles, stone sculptures, arabesques and remarkably elaborate calligraphic designs are considered by some to be the peak achievement of Muslim decorative art in the west: delicate, elegant and technically perfect. Others think that this whole place breathes decadence.
In the Alhambra there are: Courtyard Myrtrees (planted at discounts at the pool), Room of Two Sisters (two white marble embedded in the floor), Courtyard of Lviv (with a fountain) with 12 lions standing around her) and the Hall of Ambassadors (created in the image of paradise).
25 sovereign rulers from the Nasrid dynasty prevailed here for 250 years.
Official website: http://www.alhambradegranada.org
" Watching from the outside is a mere accumulation of towers and defensive walls, without any plan or architectural grace, giving a faint glimpse of grace and beauty prevailing inside. " - Washington Irving