Part two from our trip through Spain brings us to Granada and more specifically, the Alhambra. Our visit to Granada was mainly focused on the Alhambra, especially since we had to book our timed tickets months in advance!
This Moorish palace and fortress complex is a highly visited sight in Spain, showcasing the country’s most significant and well-known Islamic architecture. Dating back to the 13th century, this beautiful monument has quite a troubled past. From being captured by the Christians after the Reconquista and practically destroyed during the Napoleonic era, what we see today is a respectfully restored version of the Moorish masterpiece.
I could have spent hours admiring all of the design details! Carved wooden ceilings, scalloped stucco, patterned ceramic tiles, arched windows and fountains galore. Water was used in almost every room, representing the purest symbol of life to the Moors. One phrase “only God is victorious” is repeated 9,000 times throughout the Alhambra.