Monday, May 19, 2008

Photos of the Alhambra, Granada, Spain (May 14-15, 2008)

Granada is home to Spain's most visited monument - the Alhambra - which is considered the country's finest example of Moorish art. The Alhambra complex includes three distrinct groups of buildings: the 14th century Palacio Nazaries, the 14th century Generalife palace and gardens, and the 9th century Alcazaba citadel.
The view of the Alhambra from the Albayzin district; you can just make out the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas in the distance
Inside the Palacio Nazaries, built by Yusuf I and Mohammed V in the 14th century
The Patio de los Arrayanes, with its rectangular reflecting pool
The Palacio de los Leones, built by Mohammed V as the royal harem
Intricately carved marble columns in the Patio de los Leones
Pools and fountains are central elements to many of the Alhambra courtyards

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