Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

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    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Alhambra Palace Complex Combines Moorish and European Architecture and Design

    The Alhambra Palace sits high on a hilltop overlooking the Spanish city of Granada. It is less than two hours from the port of Malaga, and cruise ships usually sponsor day-long trips to Granada.

    The Alhambra Palace complex was first constructed in the mid-1300s during the Nasrid Dynasty. It was later renovated and modified in the 16th century by King Charles V, so the Alhambra Palace has an interesting mixture of Moorish and European architecture.

    Tourists can visit the Alhambra on their own, but you will need to purchase tickets in advance. The Alhambra is one of Spain's most popular attractions, and a visit to the palace and its gardens is well worth your time.

    Although most of the Alhambra is in the Moorish style, this church definitely looks European.

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    Alhambra Fortress in Granada, Spain

    Courtyard of the Charles V Palace in the Alhambra
    ••• Courtyard of the Charles V Palace in the Alhambra Courtyard of the Charles V Palace in the Alhambra. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Charles V began construction of the palace in 1533. Many years later, after subsequent kings moved the court to Madrid, construction was stopped. The Palace was not completed until near the end of the 20th century. Today, concerts of the annual Granada Music and Dance Festival are held in the courtyard.

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    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Fortress Is Excellent Example of Moorish Architecture Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    View of Granada, Spain from the Alhambra Palace

    View of Granada, Spain from the Alhambra Palace
    ••• View of Granada, Spain from the Alhambra Palace. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Alhambra Palace was originally a fortress built high on a hilltop overlooking the city of Granada.

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    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The detailed carvings on the walls of the Alhambra are spectacular. Many are calligraphy, written in Arabic.

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    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Patio de Arrayanes in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Patio de Arrayanes Patio de Arrayanes in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Patio de Arrayanes is in one of the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra.

    The Nasrid Palaces are a complex of the kings of Granada. This section of the Alhambra is accessible only with a time-stamped ticket, and visitors cannot enter the Nasrid Palaces except at the time on their ticket. It takes about an hour to tour these three Palaces. They are --
    (1) The Mexuar
    (2) The Comares, or Yusuf I Palace
    (3)The Palace of the Lions, or of Mohammed V

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    Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Patio of the Lions Is Part of Muhammad V Palace in the Alhambra Complex Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Courtyard of the Lions (Patio de los Leones) in the Alhambra Palace is surrounded by arcades held up by 124 marble columns. A large fountain with 12 marble lions, reminiscent of those seen in China, is the centerpiece of the patio. Each room off the courtyard has gorgeous carved ceilings and walls.

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    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain

    Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
    ••• Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    One of the beautiful courtyards inside the Alhambra.

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    View of Granada from the Alhambra Palace

    View of Granada from the Alhambra Palace
    ••• View of Granada from the Alhambra Palace. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Generalife in Granada, Spain Near the Alhambra Palace

    Generalife in Granada, Spain Near the Alhambra Palace
    ••• Generalife in Granada, Spain Near the Alhambra Palace. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Generalife was constructed in the 13th century, but has been modified over the centuries. Today it is home to the annual Granada music and dance festival.

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    View of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain from the Generalife

    View of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain from the Generalife
    ••• Generalife - The Gardens of the Nasrid Kings View of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain from the Generalife. Alhambra Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Generalife is just a short walk from the Alhambra and is a must see in Granada. The gardens are spectacular--a maze of greenery, fountains, and flowers.