visiting Granada’s Alhambra in Spain

Loved it.

HUGE. Sprawling. Impressive.

There are millions of tiny details to notice. Like this one.

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Click PLAY or watch a 1-minute overview.

Alhambra (lit. “the red one”) … is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. …

Alhambra’s Islamic palaces, as we know them today, were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain …

After the conquest of Granada by the Reyes Católicos (“Catholic Monarchs”) in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. …

After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the buildings being occupied by squatters, Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories. …

Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra … is a collection of essays, verbal sketches, and stories. Irving lived in the palace while writing the book and was instrumental in reintroducing the site to Western audiences. …

Click PLAY or watch The Guardian’s lyrical edit on YouTube.

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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