The Alhambra is located in Granada, a city in southern Spain and it has become of one Spain’s most famous sights. It is a palace as well as a fortress located up in the mountains. The name of the site translates to “The red one”. It was built on the site of an old fortress by the Mohammed ben Al-hamar and it was later turned into a royal palace by Yusuf I in 1333 and it was later used also as a palace, even by Catholics. However, after a time, it was forgotten and it wasn’t rediscovered until the 19th century by travelers.
The Alhambra is the best expample of the influence of the Muoorish culture that ruled Spain and it is so beautiful that you will be left speechless as you walk throught its palaces, courtyards and gardens. However, after the Christians conquered the city in 1942, many modifications were made.
The decoration inside the palace is so beatuiful and intricate that you will not be able to take your eyes off the perfectly carved details. The two main themes you will find in the chambers are arabesques and calligraphy. To think of all the craftsmen that worked on the Alhambra for years on end, some of which never got to see the final result of their work will make you question if today’s artists are anything compared to them. Every detail is perfect and no mistakes were made.
The entrance to the site is not inexpensive, but completely worth it. There are two tickets available: One is 7 Euros, which allows access to the gardens and the other one is 14 Euros, which allows access to the gardens and the palaces. While not cheap, the second ticket is completely worth it.