Court of the Lions

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  • Day11

    Granada - dia 3 - Alhambra

    August 13, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Acordamos atrasados! Tomamos um cafe correndo e fomos para a parada de ônibus. Nosso ingresso para o Alhambra permitia a entrada apenas as 9:30hs. O ônibus nos deixou no cdntro da cidade e subimos o restante à pé, bem .ais rápido do que a projeção do google. Chegamos a tempo e entramos no Alhambra, especificamente no Palacio Nazaries (Nasrid Palace) no horário maecado. Lá dentro encontramos o brow e o irmão dele e fizemos todo o rolê do Alhambra juntos, que leviu quase 4 horas, pois o local é grande.
    Voltamos ao camling6de carona com eles e partimos rumo à Ronda, nossa próxima parada.
    A ideia inicial era dormir estacionados na rua mesmo, mas o medo do calor europeu nos fez pagar um camping para poder dormir em um local seguro de portas abertas.
    Aproveitamos para descansar na beira da piscina do camping e depois limpar um pouco a van (ainda bem que é pequena, porque suja rapido demais!).
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  • Day8


    October 30, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    ...sowie die Überreste eines arabischen Bades.
    Die Alhambra, die rote Festung, erlebte ihre Blütezeit unter den Nasriden im 14. Jhd. Die Ursprünge der Festung entstanden aber schon im 9. Jhd.
    Seit 1984 gehört die Alhambra zum Weltkulturerbe der UNESCO.
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  • Day9

    Patio de los Leones

    October 31, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Und dann stehen wir auch schon sprachlos im Löwenhof, dem zentralen Platz des Harems. Der Harem mit seinem Löwenhof war der Privatbereich von Mohammed V., zugänglich nur für ihn, seine Frauen und Kinder.
    Und dann kommt die Sonne heraus und zaubert magische Lichteffekte in den noch im Schatten liegenden Patio de los Leones.
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  • Day9

    Jardines de la Alhambra

    October 31, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Um Punkt 9 kommen die asiatischen Reisegruppen und es wird voll. Während sich hinter uns der Palast langsam füllt, streben wir schon in Richtung der zugehörigen Gärten.
    Von oben hat man einen schönen Blick auf die Stadt Granada und auf eines unserer nächsten Ziele, den Generalife, den Gartenpalast.
    Nach einer kurzen Pause machen wir uns auf in Richtung Generalife.
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  • Day9

    The Grounds of the Alhambra

    May 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The palace grounds are landscaped beautifully with flowers and bushes. Since it’s spring, many trees are in bloom.

  • Day9

    Paradour San Francisco, Alhambra

    May 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    This used to be a monastery, and has been converted into a luxury hotel (a paradour) with beautiful mosaic paths through the gardens.

  • Day86

    The Alhambra - Alcazaba

    November 28, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Part Two: The Alcazaba

    The Alcazaba was the war fortress part of the complex, although not sure how much war it saw. The “reconquest” of Spain in 1492 by the “Catholic Monarchs” (Ferdinand and Isabella) ended more or less with the fall of Granada when the Catholic forces were peacefully let in to the Alhambra. Then they went about kicking out the Jews and Muslims from Spain and demolished parts of the Alhambra (amongst many other things).

    Anyway the Alcazaba part was cool – a few different towers with great views. Three walls in a terrace formation (the roads between the walls were for different purposes). The highest tower the watchtower had a bell on it for telling people when to water their gardens and for ringing in case of attack. There were also the knee-high (presumably partly reconstructed) remains of the military quarters – very tiny rooms!

    One highlight was at the southern end – the rampart gardens. The ramparts were originally for, you know, artillery and stuff, but then they weren't fighting more wars so they just put some gardens on there. Quite nice and peaceful and odd to see on top of a castle wall!
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  • Day86

    The Alhambra - Generalife Palace Gardens

    November 28, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Part Three: Generalife Palace & Gardens

    Our visit concluded after a short walk up to the Generalife Gardens. A lot of this area showed the different styles and forces that were in power. For example, one part was actually only created in the early nineteenth century, while others were claimed to be from the Muslim era (but were actually much more recent). Passed an example house on the way and we were struck by how similar it was in layout to the ruins of Greek and Roman houses we had seen in Italy (with the small rooms clustering around a central pool etc.). Also passed the old Islamic baths, which were interesting (and again similar to, or inspired by, Roman baths).

    The gardens themselves were quite nice – pretty. The audioguide was valuable in this part as it explained a lot more and told little stories, like about how the royals used to ride over to the gardens and then dismount in the “Courtyard of Dismounting” (although they used a steeper path than we did, which now doesn't exist). There was also a lawsuit that ran for 100 years, to do with who owned the gardens or nobles' rights or something.

    Then there were some inside rooms and another cool courtyard or two, similar in style to the Nasarid Palaces. We finished up with a nice walk down past some oleander plants (native to Granada and previously close to extinction until efforts were made to restore them) and through an avenue of cypress trees, with the autumn leaves falling around us. Lovely.

    But we were hungry, so grabbed emapanadas, a panini (in this case, more like a pizza sub), sweet treats (including the milhoja, similar to a custard square) and some tinto de verano in a 1.5L bottle. Relaxed at home to get up to date on the blog and do some reading (a book from the house we're in – Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett – an interesting book looking at certain topical issues of Spain from the perspective of a British journalist who has settled in Madrid). Then a cheap kebab for dinner.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Patio de los Leones, Court of the Lions