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Mirador San Miguel Alto

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  • Day19

    Granada Cathedral

    July 16 in Spain

    The Granada Cathedral could not be constructed until the Christians had regained control of Granada in 1492. The foundations were laid in 1518 on the site where the mosque had stood. The Cathedral was one of the first to be built in the renaissance style whereas most of the Cathedrals that predated this one were built in the Gothic architecture of the Middle Ages. This Cathedral was therefore cutting edge architecture. To stand in it is to feel that one is standing in a Greco Roman temple of massive scale due to its classical influences which at the time were new and untried.

    The wealth and history of Granada and its art are on display in this building.
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  • Day17

    Granada

    July 14 in Spain

    Granada is one of the most important historical places in Spain. It is here that the Moors held out for so long against the Spanish. It was in 1492 the Ferdinand and Isabella finally overcame the Moors and returned the city and the region to Spanish (and Catholic) rule.

    It was also in 1492 the Christopher Columbus received royal support for his trip to the new world, something that would lead to untold riches for Spain and change the world forever. It was also in 1492 the the Jews were expelled from Spain. 1492 was a busy year here in Granada.

    The Jewish history is fascinating in this place (before 1492). More on that later.

    I went on. Tour of the gypsy area of the city, which is outside the old city walls, and where gypsies have been living in cave houses for many centuries. They are still there and have a history of providing labour and agricultural services for the city for many generations. The area of the city is called Sacremente. There are fantastic views of the city from that hill. The main attraction of the city, the Alhambra, can be seen clearly from the gypsy hill.

    The Alhambra is the old Moorish palace which became the palace of king Ferdinand and queen Isabella when they took the city back from the Muslims.
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  • Day18

    Alhambra in Granada

    July 15 in Spain

    The Alhambra is a fortress and palace which is on a prominent hill in Granada. It is the most popular tourist destination in Spain. When we arrived at our hotel yesterday we were told all the tickets for the Alhambra were sold and the next available ticket was in about five days. We were told this waiting list was short because it is the heat of summer. In the autumn and spring the waiting periods can be five weeks. Not to be easily deterred, I got online yesterday evening and discovered a source for tickets for a tour for today. They were expensive but I wasn’t coming to Granada to miss out on seeing the Alhambra. So I bought them. I was very thankful we did. It is a very memorable tour. Don’t miss it if ever you are in this city.

    The Alhambra began life as a fortress in Roman times, then began to develop as a citadel of large proportions during the Muslim rule. The Sultan built a citadel and a palace to impress visitors and create an impregnable fortress to withstand any invader. It served its purpose. The fortress was never taken. The Spanish king and queen Ferdinand and Isabella retook Granada from the Muslim ruler in 1492, the final city in Spain to return to Spanish rule, but they could not take the Alhambra despite besieging it, and only succeeded with a negotiated surrender of the city. The deal struck was that all citizens of the city, including Muslims and Jews, could continue to live peacefully in the city if the Muslim king surrendered the fortress and palace. The deal was struck. The Spanish honoured the agreement for a short time, then the Inquisition began its work and Jews and Muslims could only stay if they converted to Christianity.

    The palace still retains its Muslim architecture combined with a renaissance palace built by Charles V, Isabella’ grandson. There isn’t just one palace, but a complex of palaces, a fortress with three levels of walls and Impregnable gates in medieval style, gardens, water pools, a complex system of bringing water from kilometres away which still flows through the palace, the gardens and to city today.

    The tour went for three hours and we felt like we were only scratching the surface of this huge citadel. It was an amazing place that brought Granada’s fascinating history to life.
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  • Day19

    Museum and Flamenco

    July 16 in Spain

    I visited a museum of the Inquisition and Sephardic Jewish history in the evening, followed by a flamenco concert.

    The museum told the tragic story of the Inquisition coming to Granada and targeting Jews and Muslims who had chosen to stay rather than flee. They had to convert. They were known as conversos. The Inquisition tested whether they had really converted or whether they were merely putting on a facade of conversion in public but still practicing their own religion in private.

    The Inquisition had the power of the church and the king behind it so it’s power was enormous and much to be feared. The museum explained the process of trials and punishment in gruesome detail. There is very little left of Jewish people or culture in Granada as a consequence of the efficacy of the Inquisition.

    After visiting the museum and seeing the sun set over the Alhambra, I went to a Flamenco concert which was a fascinating insight into a very Spanish form of music and dance which has its roots in the amalgam of the cultures of gypsies, Moors and slaves here in Granada. The guitar playing, the dancing, castanets, foot stomping and Flamenco costumes are amazing.
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  • Day18

    More of the Alhambra

    July 15 in Spain

    Some more photos of this amazing palace and fortress.
    Our guide was excellent. Her name was Irene. She reminded me of Priscilla in her younger days. She spent seven years studying to be a guide. She told us that the financial crisis of a couple of years ago has made it very difficult for younger people in Spain to get a job and many of her friends have had to go abroad to find employment.Read more

  • Day34

    Granada, Spanien

    November 2 in Spain

    Hallo alle Zusammen,
    mein Plan, von Malaga aus weiter zu reisen, ist nicht wirklich aufgegangen. Mein Reisepass verliert bald seine Gültigkeit, das heißt ich komme in viele Länder nicht rein und werde mich nun auf Argentinien und Paraguay beschränken. Da es von Malaga aus keine direkten Flüge nach Buenos Aires gibt reise ich nun über Land zurück nach Madrid um dort einen Flug zu erwischen:)
    Da Granada mit der Alhambra irgendwie eine gewisse Magie versprüht war das mein nächster Schritt. Hier habe ich eine andere Deutsche getroffen und gemeinsam sind wir heute früh aufgestanden um Tickets für die Alhambra zu bekommen. Das ist wirklich hart bei einer Temperatur von 4°C! Am Eingang angekommen haben wir erfahren, dass ALLE Tickets bis einschließlich Sonntag ausverkauft sind!!! Das ist wirklich extrem. Da uns nichts anderes übrig geblieben ist haben wir uns auf den Weg gemacht um uns die Alhambra von oben aus anzusehen und der Blick den wir hatten war wirklich wahnsinnig. Einfach ein Traum!!
    Man kann zwar nicht wirklich in die Alhambra rein, aber auch so erhascht man einige schöne Blicke auf Muster und Tore und der Weg hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt.
    Granada an sich ist auch wirklich bezaubernd. Ganz viele kleine Gässchen und schöne Häuser. Viel arabischer Einfluss so dass man ständig irgendwelchen Mustern und Mosaiken über den Weg läuft. Leider ist die ganze Stadt dieses Wochenende wegen Allerheiligen proppenvoll und wir konnten nur eine Nacht im ersten Hostel bleiben. Für heute Nacht haben wir ein anderes gefunden, aber ich habe keine Lust jeden Tag innerhalb der Stadt von Hostel zu Hostel umzuziehen. Für mich geht es Morgen also weiter nach Alicante. Granada steht auf meiner Liste zum wiederkommen. Vielleicht nächstes mal besser geplant:))
    Viele liebe Grüße
    Afra
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