Jardines del Triunfo, Granada
The Jardines del Triunfo were in the Arab period an extensive cemetery, founded in the s. XIII. The cemetery was girded by a strong wall and stood at the entrance of each of the access roads to the town by gates and towers. On one hand the Triumph joined the enclosure Albaycín fortifications and on the other, linked to the outside of Granada.
Los Jardines del Triunfo fueron en la época árabe un extenso cementerio, fundado en el s. XIII. El cementerio estaba ceñido por una fuerte muralla y defendido a la entrada de cada uno de los caminos de acceso a la población por puertas con torres. Por un lado el Triunfo se unía el recinto a las fortificaciones del Albaycín y, por el otro, enlazaba con el exterior de Granada.
On my first visit to Granada I'd spotted the fountains from the bus, I didn't know what this place was, but it looked quite impressive as it was floodlit. So I was eager to find out more on my 2nd visit.
Originally the site of a Visigoth Basillica, it then became a muslim cemetery during the 13th century.
After the first Christian conquest, churches and houses for the nobility were constructed, also the Hospital Real (Royal Hospital) which can be visited
During Napoleons invasion of Granada in the early 19th century, the area was the site for public executions, including that of the tragic Mariana Pineda (Please see my Plaza Mariana de Pineda tip)
It wasn't until 1950 that the gardens were created (the site had been pretty much abandoned until then)
Trees and shrubs were planted, and the impressive fountain and water features attracted those wanting to escape the city heat.
The monument to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin of Triunfo is also quite impressive. Apparently it was moved here from its' original site at the nearby Puerto de Elvira.
My visit was on a sunny autumn Sunday afternoon, and so there were quite a few families and couples enjoying walking through the park. There were also a few individuals, sleeping off the contents of nearby empty cans and bottles. It still felt quite safe though!
Take a rest here after visiting Hospital Real, La Cartuja, Puerta de Elvira....
This gardens were a muslim cemetery in the XIII century. Don't be afraid, you won't see or feel strange things like watching ghosts. Instead you'll see fountains and lots of plants, trees and flowers. There is a monument of "Inmaculada Concepcion" (18th century). Fountains light up at night. The building behind this monument is Hospital Real.
Some days there is a flea market in this place.
Ok, it’s not the picture of Jardines del Triunfo. But you just have to see this beautiful garden with fountains just by Avenida de la Constitucion.