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Alhambra Palace: Full of Surprises

Posted on November 25, 2010 | Historic DestinationNo Comment

Alhambra Palace has served as a citadel and fortress. It was home to the Nasrid Sultans, officials of the government, court servants, and respected soldiers belonging to the Nasrid Dynasty. The dynasty was in power from 1238 to 1492. The dynasty was the ultimate   Islamic sultanate situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Alhambra Palace is arguably one of the most beautiful Islamic structures along with Mezquita of Cordoba.

The Sultans of Nasrid chose Sabika hill as the site for their wonderful court. Alhambra Palace is located in the foothills of Sierra Nevada, along the Granada Plains. Alhambra Palace served as the vantage point for the kingdom. The older buildings belonging to the 13th century were mainly watchtowers. Some of them date back to the 11th century. It has been transformed into a walled site, which served as palace as well as court.

Alhambra Palace has seen gradual changes and many stages of development. Grandeur and decadence are the hallmarks of the palace. The palace’s opulence is visible from the artworks of the palace. Alhambra Palace is not a fixed construction. It has continually evolved over the years, introducing reforms and extensions.

Alhambra Palace consists of four groups of buildings: Alcazaba, Palacios Nazaries, Generalife Gardens, and Medina.

  • Alcazaba (Fortress):

    Alcazaba was a military fortress constructed in one of the most ancient sites of Alhambra. It was situated on the hill’s highest part. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding regions. The fortress was exclusively used by the military.

  • Palacios Nazaries (Nasrid Palaces):

    While at Alhambra Palace, spend quality time at the Royal Palaces. The rooms and courtyards are spacious and designed beautifully. They have been used by Muslim rulers of different eras.

  • Generalife Gardens:

    Literally translated, Generalife Gardens means ‘garden of the architect.’ The region is home to captivating gardens, elegant fountains, and spellbinding patios. Moorish leaders built their summer palaces here.

  • Medina (town):

    Medina was built to be the home for artisans and craftsmen. It had to serve the court needs. Medina occupies a large part of the area that is walled. It preserves the ruins of houses, baths, and workshops, which are located on alleys and squares.

Alhambra Palace is described by the Moors as a pearl ‘set in’ emeralds.

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