Fortress to Architectural Splendor: The Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens

Visiting The Alhambra, the Generalife gardens, and the city of Granada was the perfect ending to our trip around the south of Spain and the Iberian Peninsula.  The Alhambra is a cool fortress and complex that has endured from 889 AD until now.  The complex originates from a small fortress from Roman remains. The Moors then transformed it into a royal palace and architectural splendor during their 700 year reign over the Iberian Peninsula in 1332.

The city of Granada was the last to fall during the Christian Reconquista in 1492. It has survived subsequent neglect, disrepair, and attacks from Napoleon.  It is now a Unesco World Heritage Site .

The Alhambra is the second most visited tourist attraction, second to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Around 9,500 people visit the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens a day. G has beautifully captured the beauty of this site in the photos below.  Enjoy!

 

 

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