Alhambra, Granada

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    Echo Room

    by Hosell Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    I don't know the real name of this small room inside the Alhambra Palace.It has a vaulted ceiling and acts like an echo.You can talk in one corner of the room and other person can hear you in the other corner very clearly,like a phone,it is a funny experiment!.I don't know what for, the people that was living here long time ago,was using this small room for sure.

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    Capilla Real Nueva

    by Hosell Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The gothic Royal Chapel built in 1505, in the crypt of which lie the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, their daughter Johanna the Mad and her husband Philip the Handsome. It is located just next to Carlos V Palace.

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    Gardens and walking trails

    by Hosell Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    Walking around the main buildings in La Alhambra,you will find also some nice gardens and waking trails.Also on this part of the Palace you can made some good photos like this one.It is another view of El Partal taken between an arch of trees.

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    Granada's number one attraction

    by sue_stone Updated Feb 28, 2004

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    Situated on a rocky hill, the Alhambra dominates the city of Granada.

    It is an amazing place to visit, with different sections to discover, and excellent views over the city.

    You can catch a small bus from Plaza Neuva.

    It is best to book tickets in advance to avoid a long wait.

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    Alhambra Gardens

    by Carmela71 Written Feb 27, 2004

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    Once we leave the Palacios Nazaries, we found ourselves with another pool and another mirador, with a great view of Granada.

    At our right is the Torre de las doncellas.

    Is time to stop before going to the Alcazar

    The Partal

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  • La Puerta de Bib Rambla

    by blint Written Feb 24, 2005

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    Once you have seen the Alhambra don't forget to check out the surrounding parks and gardens that lead down to Plaza Nueva. In among the trees you will stumble accross more treasures such as the Puerta de Bib Rambla which is a wonerful old Arabic entrance.

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    The Alhambra Palace

    by suvanki Updated May 20, 2007

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    If you don't have time to visit the Alhambra, you can still get quite good views of the Exterior walls from Albaicin or Sacromonte.

    From the ticket office area, there is a path -Cuesta de los Chinos (Quite rough in parts - sturdy footwear advisable) that leads downhill - through stone Archways, (In the wall through the first large archway is a quotation by Federico Lorca) and past a stream with waterfalls, lined with shrubs, flowers and trees (including Fig Trees).

    On the way down you might meet some of the tough local women, armed with shopping bags, heading effortlessly up the pathway, on the way back up, they'll no doubt overtake you! Meanwhile You'll also spot some of the local men, reading their newspapers, whilst enjoying a smoke, or putting the world to rights as they stroll along.

    Over a narrow stone bridge and you arrive at Paseo de los Tristes ,which has seating, where you can admire the views of the Alhambra, before returning up the path, or heading further on.

    Bus Stop nearby to return to Granada, or head up to Sacromonte. (Local buses and the Granada Tour mini buses stop here)

    The Alhambra Palace, Granada Outer Walls, Archway, Alhambra Palace.Granada Arch ways, Alhambra Palace Outer Walls. Granada Plaque on wall outer perimeter of Alhambra Palace, Alhambra Palace, Granada
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    Introducing the Alhambra

    by smirnofforiginal Written May 7, 2010

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    "Pause on the esplanade of La Sabika and gaze upon your surroundings. The city is a lady whose husband is the hill. She is clasped by the belt of the river, and flowers smile like jewels at her throat... La Sabika is a crown upon the brow of Granada, In which the stars yearn to be studded. And the Alhambra - God watch over it! Is a ruby at the crest of that crown."

    An UNESCO World Heritage Site and definitely on the list of places to see before you die!
    Exotic. Imaginative. Sensual. Romantic. Alluring. Charming. Monumental - The Alhambra has it all!

    Alhambra means red (Arabic). Red castle .."by the light of torches, the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration." The Alhambra was built for military purposes but as well as being a fort it was also a city and a palace.

    There is a limit on how many tickets are sold each day. It is possible to purchase online in advance. We were travelling and had no internet access. We made a phone call and were told no more tickets were available in advance and to take our chances by turning up. We got there early (NB it is cold in the morning!), joined a queue that seemed to go on forever and got in. NB if you have a credit card you can use the automated credit card machine - this queue is the fastest moving!

    There are 4 main parts to the Alhambra - Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces, Partal and Generalife.
    Your ticket for Nasrid Palaces will have a specific time printed. Make sure you go for this time - after your allocated time you will be denied access.

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    La Alhambra

    by Hopkid Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    The visitor to Granada MUST go to the Alhambra as it is simply a striking and wonderful example of Muslim architecture from the long ago Al-Andalus period. Originally built as a palace in the 11th century, the Nasrid kings turned the palace into the fortress-palace complex including a small town area that can be seen today. The interior is adorned with incredibly intricate molded stucco walls, some of which still have hints of the bright colors that covered must of this work.

    The highlight of the visit is the Palacio Nazaries, which contains many amazing rooms and areas including the Palacio de Comares, the Palacio de los Liones, The Sala de Dos Hermanas, and the Patio del Cuarto Dorado. To best understand the history and what went on here, the audio guide is highly recommended. At a minimum, have a detailed guidebook at hand or glom onto a guided tour of which there are many.

    Other significant areas outside of the Palacio Nazaries that you will want to visit are the fortress of the Alcazaba, the beautiful gardens of the Jardines del Partal and those of the Generalife, the summer home of the Nasid kings on the opposite hill. Also check out the 16th century Palacio de Carlos V and the Museo de la Alhambra within. You might also wish to dine at the Parador de Granada (the outside patio sports wonderful views of the Albaczin and the Generalife) or at the Hotel America. Also check out the little shops on the Calle Real de Alhambras, especially Laguna Taller de Taracea which does beautiful marquetry work and also demonstrates how their crafts are made.

    Due to crowds, it is best to go early in the morning soon after they first open, or later in the late afternoon/early evening. Also consider taking the separte night tour for a mystical and completely different view of the Palacio Nazaries and surrounding grounds.

    L-R: Alhambra, Alcazaba
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    Alhambra

    by Aitana Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    There are so many tips and so much information about the Alhambra that it seems to me superfluous to write an informative tip as I have nothing new to offer. I’ll just write my impressions from my last visit, in August 2010.

    We went up early by bus. As we had the city pass we skipped the queue. As soon as we entered, went to the Generalife (pics 1 & 2). The paths were humid and fresh and walking among the hedges and parterres was a pleasure. There weren’t many people there at that time. From the Generalife there are superb views of the Albaicin and Sacromonte.

    Then we went down, walking slowly, and visited the baths, the church that once was the cathedral and some shops that occupy old houses of the complex, also with rich decoration.
    We went to the Alcazaba (pic 3). By then the sun was quite high and it was already very hot. There are nice views of the city and the Alhambra.

    Next visit was the jewel of the day: the Nasrid Palaces (pic 4). After queuing for a while, we entered in the palaces. The first rooms were too crowded, as hundreds of people had just come in, but anyway we enjoyed the details of the architecture and the decoration of the palaces. There are so many rooms and corners, yards with fountains, balconies covered by latticework… One cannot help thinking that the kings of Granada, surrounded by so much luxury, softened and gave up the fight against the advance of the Christian kingdoms, and when those kingdoms finally united, the fall of Granada was unavoidable.

    Our last stop was the Palace of Carlos V (pic 5), who ordered its construction when he visited the Alhambra after his wedding with Isabel de Portugal in 1526. It is a curious building: the plan is square and the interior patio is circular. A Renaissance palace in the middle of a complex of Arabic palaces, fortresses and gardens. The building houses two museums: Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada (Fine Arts Museum) and Alhambra Museum.

    http://www.alhambra-patronato.es/index.php
    http://www.alhambra.org/esp/index.asp?secc=/alhambra/informacion/museos

    Generalife View from Generalife Alcazaba Nasrid Palaces Palacio de Carlos V

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    Alhambra - Convento de San Fransisco

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 25, 2014

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    The first building which can be seen, having entered in Alhambra from a front entrance will be monastery (Convento de San Fransisco), constructed in the end of XIV century on a place of the Arabian palace.
    Now there there is a hotel - parador (a hotel in a historic building).

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    Alhambra

    by karenincalifornia Written Aug 7, 2007

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    So many other VTers have put together excellent descriptions of Alhambra and have described it far more eloquently than I could hope to do, so I will just say, You must visit this extraordinary site. It is amazing. You'll be transported into the past, into another world dominated by the Nasrids. Alhambra is beautifully preserved, the architecture is unforgettable and the carvings in the structure are unparalleled. I won't repeat the history here. You can visit my travelogue on the Alhambra for more pictures of this amazing place. My tips on my Granada page will be limited to those things that were truly unique for my family and me on our day trip to Granada.

    Do book reservations in advance over the website.

    Get there before 10:00 am for a good parking space. Otherwise, you'll be parking all the way out in the hinterland.

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    The Alhambra

    by barbskie Updated May 2, 2007

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    The red or crimson castle that's Alhambra from the arabic root. It may be because of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica which by starlight is silver but by sunlight is transformed into gold. But there is another more poetic version, evoked by the Moslem analysts who speak of the construction of the Alhambra fortress "by the light of torches", the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. This triple character helps to explain many distinctive features of the monument. For history enthusiasts an interesting place to discover the where and what's and why's. I myself have to dig more about this historal spot for further informatins but do i have the patience and time? I guess not. I prefer listening to a well oriented local guide like Pepe . Honestly, i can't do both listening and taking photos at the same time. So i missed a lot of what had Pepe was talking about. But my point of view, i was there, we enjoyed, i saw, and i captured. Well worth visiting! So fellow vte'rs who were not there yet, it's your turn to discover the place yourself. Happy visit!

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    The Mexuar Hall and the Mexuar Court.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 19, 2010

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    After visiting the Generalife gardens and the Charles V's Palace we finally arrived at the gate to the Alhambra palace. There were long lines of people waiting to get in. We had to walk through some corridors and then arrived at the first palace, but Alhambra is made up of three separate groups of monuments, the Mexuar, the Comares Palace and the Lions' Palace.

    Parts of the Mexuar have been demolished though and the only remaining vestige is the east wing or the Mexuar Hall. The Mexuar hall was converted into a chapel by the Christians. It is beautiful with 4 decorated columns and mosaic.

    Then the Mexuar court lies between the Mexuar and the Colomares Palace. It has got an open roof and a fountain in the middle.

    The Mexuar hall. Mosaic in the Mexuar hall. One of 4 columns in the Mexuar hall. The Mexuar court. The Mexuar court.

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    The Alhambra Palace , Ticket Office

    by suvanki Updated May 20, 2007

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    Only having 2 days to see Granada, I was torn between visiting this legendary site, (spending a few hours queueing to gain entrance, then a few hours viewing), or missing it out (and hopefully returning to visit at another time).

    As my accom. (Dona Lupe Hostal) was bang opposite, I decided to see what the queues were like. Arriving at 08.30- there was a queue of over 100 people- I ventured inside the ticket hall to enquire about the night visits, and was told to come back at 21.00hrs.

    In the ticket hall area I'd spotted guide books in the small gift shop, and audio tape guides, so planned to hire one of these for my visit.

    I happily set off then to spend the rest of the day exploring Granada. Starting with a walk around the exterior of the Palace walls, down to Paseo de los Tristes, then back to the coach park, where a Granada Tour bus was waiting. (see my Transport tips)

    Outside La Alhambra Pool and cat near Alhambra Entrance School group at Alhambra Waterfall , grounds of Alhambra Palace Plaque, with quote by Federico Lorca, Alhambra.
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