- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit The Alhambra
The Alhambra the complete Arabic form of which was Qalat Al-Hamra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
Alhambra Palace is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. Famed for its beauty and historic importance, this is one sight you won’t want to miss.
Considering the palace was built during the middle of the 13thcentury, its beauty remains remarkably intact. Marvel at the buildings intricate designs, detailed mosaics and hand-carved cedar wood. Although it began as a military fortress, the construction of the palace was eventually commissioned by the Nasrid dynasty. It was then home to the royal family before Catholic monarchs took hold during the Reconquista of 1492.
Regarded as one of the finest palaces from its era, Alhambra was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
It’s no surprise that the romance and grandeur of this royal retreat has inspired the works of many artists. The American author Washington Irving even wrote about the palace in ‘Tales of the Alhambra’.