Alhambra - Alcazar, Granada

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  • THE PATIO OF THE LIONS..A COOL DRINK OF COLD WATER
    THE PATIO OF THE LIONS..A COOL DRINK OF...
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  • THE PALACE GARDENS   A WONDERFUL PLACE TO COOL OFF
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    Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The myrtile court yard (Patio de los Arrayanes) also is a masterpiece of moorish art. It is framed by magnificent carved arches. Comares Tower adjoins to Patio de los Arrayanes.

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    Alhambra - Alcazar - Patio de los Leones

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The lion's court yard (Patio de los Leones) is a masterpiece of moorish style of architecture. Lion's court yard is the former center of sultan's rooms of rest. It is decorated with 124 columns similar to palm trees. Twelve lions symbolize signs on the Zodiac.
    It causes admiration of the cosiness and a graceful ornament. The fountain with lions certainly appeared later. The interdiction of islam on the image of people and animals is known. Therefore mixture of styles certainly takes place.

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    Alhambra - Alcazaba

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The gate leads to an inner vaulted space with more turns that, at the end and before reaching the Place of Arms opened up so that defenders could control all access and respond from above to an attack. The Citadel (Alcazaba) is the unique construction of military purpose in the whole ensemble. It is dated XIII century. There was soldier's barracks earlier from which almost nothing was kept till now.

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    Alhambra - Alcazar - Abenserrah Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    There are Abenserrah Hall and the Royal Hall which come into a lion's court yard. Abenserrah Hall has such a name according to a legend. The emir has decapitated 100 Abenserrah brothers here in a punishment one of them has fallen in love in a concubine of emir.
    Of the two residential areas surrounding the Court of the Lions, the rooms located at the south end of the Court developed around the Hall of the Abencerrages, which derived its name from a legend of the 16th century, according to which the members of this North-African family were invited to a banquet and then massacred in this hall.

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    Alhambra - Mexuar Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    Granada - Alhambra - Mexuar Hall

    The Mexuar and the Oratory were rooms used for various purposes: the Mexuar for Counsel of Ministers meetings, and the Oratory for worship.
    Mexuar Hall of the Palace has been intended for the decision of legal issues. With arrival of Christians this room has undergone to especially serious changes. Per 1629 this hall was transformed into a chapel.

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    Alhambra - Hall of Ambassadors

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The Tower of Comares, at 45 m the highest in the Alhambra, also houses the largest room of the structure: the Hall of Comares, or Chamber of the Ambassadors, also known as the Throne Room.
    The well-known cedar ceiling is bordered by a stalactite frieze. The ceiling consists of three narrowed inclined planes completed by a small dome. The arrangement of a pattern corresponds to seven heavenly spheres of islam.

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    Alhambra - Alcazar - Royal Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The Hall of the Kings is the most emblematic chamber of the Palace of the Lions . It was an area used for relaxation and leisure, structured around a large vestibular hall, more than 30m long, that was reserved for receptions and celebrations.
    The Royal Hall has a stalactite dome and a ceiling which is trimmed by the painted leather.
    The hall of two sisters is named so because of two stone plates which are in the middle of a hall.

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    ALHAMBRA: ALCAZAR

    by draguza Written Jul 1, 2013

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    Climb the steps to the Torre de la Vela (Watchtower) for some magnificent views of the city and the fertile plain beyond. This is the oldest part of the Alhambra complex, built on the highest point of the hill to defend the royal family and house their army. The original construction had 24 towers altogether but only a few remain. You can still see the military bathhouses, wells, stores and living quarters as well as some attractive gardens of a later date.

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    WHEN IN GRENADA VISIT THE ALHAMBRA ALCAZABA

    by DennyP Written Oct 8, 2011
    THE PATIO OF THE LIONS..A COOL DRINK OF COLD WATER
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    Today to visit the Alhambra make sure that you reserve a ticket as I beleive this is now neccesary due to the vast amount of Visitors that turn up daily wanting to see this marvellous piece of Moorish architecture. This is a "Unesco World Heitage site " and to see it is a joy to behold..

    THE ALCAZABA : is the Alhambra Fortress this dates back to the eleventh century at a time when the muslims ruled this part of the land for over four centuries .. A walk to the top although tiring is rewarded by the magnificent views.. The views from the top of its towers are spectacular, get some good photo oppportunities here..,also see the:

    Palacio Nazaries: This is really a centerpeice of the Alhambra with its wonderful gardens and the coolness of its running water that gives such a calming feeling in such hot weather,,especially here in the Patio de Los Leones..The lions patio..

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    Alcazaba - fortress

    by smirnofforiginal Updated May 7, 2010

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    The oldest part of the Alhambra is the Alcazaba (from al-qasba - Arabic for fortress) was built on the ruins of a 9th century castle. The towers are "Homage", "Broken", "Tower of Arms" and "Watch Tower" and the garden at its south is called "Garden of Wall Tops" or, perhaps more romantically, Garden of Poets. And, speaking of romance... the bell on the Torre de la Vela is rung by those who hope to get the love of their lives.

    "Square and crimson towers
    Harlequins on stage
    Of blue drama whose first performance
    Takes places over the green of the leaves.
    Alhambra, you who throws them out,
    Tighten the bow of the foliage
    Against a city of laces
    Which is walled by ivy,
    Towers of wind and stone
    Flying over the landscape!"
    (Rafael Guillén)

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    The Defences of the Majestic Complex

    by Durfun Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    This section takes you around the gunnery, the tallest section of the Complex, the Ancient Bell-tower, all offering open and strategic views to defend this fortification.

    The views from the top are breathtaking. The Nevadas on one side, the outline of the fort around you, and the town of Granada itself right ahead, including Sacremonte, Albaicin, etc.

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    The Alcazar in Alhambra

    by SirRichard Updated Jan 17, 2010

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    The main walls and tower

    The Alcazar are the fortified castle on top of the Alhambra, designed for defence and so less decorated as palaces. It ca n be visited as part of the Alhambra visit and there is a fantastic view of the city from the top tower.

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    The most visible part of Alhambra from downtown

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 12, 2009

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    View of the Alcazaba towers from our hostal patio
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    As the time for our tour drew near, we and the other tourists waited in the 'Alcazaba' portion of the Alhambra, with its name derived from the Moorish word for a citadel (al-Quasbah). This plateau above Granada has always been a natural defensive position, with various fortifications having been built there since pre-Roman times. This latest version was built by the Moorish Nasrid rulers in about 1232 as the anchor for the remainder of their amazing structures of the Alhambra - and it did its job for 260 years until the end of Moorish rule in Spain in 1492 (the same year Columbus 'discovered' America). This view of the Torre de la Vela, as seen from our hostal, is a constant reminder to Granada visitors that the Alhambra looms above the city.

    Our tight morning schedule did not allow us the time to really have a good look at the somewhat down-trodden walls of the Alcazaba or climb its towers, but even standing in its lower levels we had great views out over Granada from this commanding position. The second photo looks down on the old Moorish quarter of the city known as the Albaicin (and its eastern defensive wall snaking across the hillside), an area of the city we explored on foot later in the day. Separate tours of this part of the Alhambra are available but we were just waiting for the doors to the Casas Reales to open for our official tour to start.

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    The Alhambra, Alcazaba area

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The dominating feature in the Alcazaba is the Torre de las Armas (Tower of Arms). You can take some stairs and climb to the top for a look out over Granada or look back into the Alcazaba and you see Arms Square where the living quarters for the soldiers were located. There is not much left of this part today as you can see. What is different here is the differences in the building styles. If you take a look at each photo showing parts of this area, it seems as if they are NOT from the same building or even period. Also in the Tower you can take some steep steps down into the dungeon where they have a small display of torture instruments, it is not very good, but if it is a hot day, the dungeon is actually cooler.

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    The Alhambra, towers of Alcazaba

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 17, 2008

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    This is the military and fortified area of the entire complex, this is where the soldiers made sure the bigwigs were safe. It is also the area where we found the dungeon and the torture instruments, the battlements and the living quarters for soldiers. This is also where you will find the tallest towers around the battlements, the Torre Quebrada (the Broken Tower), why it is called "broken", the Torre del Homenaje (the Tower of Homage) where the first Nasirid emirs had their apartments and the Torre de las Armas (the Tower of Arms).

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