Alhambra Revisited

A Very Simple Sign To A Great Palace
A Very Simple Sign To A Great Palace

After more than a decade, re-visiting Alhambra Palace was seeing it with fresh eyes. Ohs and ahs on the silently remembered façade, rooms, nooks and crannies. With each turn of the corner, bursts of memories of having once before seen the beautiful Artesonado on the ceilings and walls, varying in every room.

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This is the ceiling of the Hall of the Two Sisters with the muqarna cupola. Muqarnas also reach to the edge of the image.  M.A. Sullivan: http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/spain/granada/alhambra/alhambraindex.html.

In here is a cupola which by its height becomes lost from sight,
beauty in it appears both concealed and visible…
The bright stars would like to establish themselves firmly in it,
rather than continue wandering about in the vault of the sky… 
(Dodds 250)

Marvel at the arabesques patterns on the walls, the curlicues, and the delicately turned horseshoe arches.

In my heart and mind,  I applaud the artists, craftsmen and laborers who gradually starting in the thirteen century transformed stone and wood into timeless art, at the vast imagination that existed in the minds of men even before the age technology, and the Emirs and Sultans who commandeered the space and manpower to create this timeless palace.  Muslim art at its greatest, not just in the beauty of the construction but in the cursive, arabic calligraphy, verses carved in stone.

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Gurgling water, fountains, pools are featured and can be seen and heard in almost any part of the palace.  And, according to Wiki, at the time the palace was in use, hot and cold running water were already embedded.

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Central in the Court of Lions is the Fountain of Lions, carved out of alabaster with twelve white marble lions seemingly supporting the basin.  A lion would spout water at each hour.

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During our visit, we had the added “bonus” of a bridal party having pictures taken at this historic site.  Lucky bride!

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Orange and pomegranate trees abound in the gardens.  P1010214 P1010215

Town of Granada. view from The Alhambra
Town of Granada. view from The Alhambra

  “There is no victor but Allah,” a constant reminder that no human feat surpasses God’s omnipotence.   Image uploaded from Google

“There is no victor but Allah,” a constant reminder that no human feat surpasses God’s omnipotence.
Image uploaded from Google

So much to see and absorb, four hours of touring the Palace, Gardens, Generalife was not enough time.  Perhaps another visit, InshAllah.

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14 comments on “Alhambra Revisited

  1. Spain is next on my list. Thanks and Happy New Year.

    Marianna J. Simone
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    [New post] Alhambra Revisited

    tyamdesigns posted: ” After more than a decade, re-visiting Alhambra
    Palace was seeing it with fresh eyes. Ohs and ahs on
    the silently remembered façade, rooms, nooks and crannies. With each turn
    of the corner, bursts of memories of having once before seen the beautiful
    Ar”

    • Marianna, Spain is a must see. Relatively inexpensive compared to other parts of Europe, and with my inadequate Spanish and the struggling English of the Spaniards, got by beautifully. Happy New Year to you and Charlie.

  2. Tina,
    You are a super attentive tourist..
    Are you a tour guide in disguise ?
    Happy and Heathly New Year..
    Irene and Hal

  3. Too beautiful- i was there about 28 yrs ago and would like to revisit- i have to research the spa on top of the mountain somewhere there

  4. Alhambra is for me one of the best places I’ve ever seen. I’d rather go there than Versailles or the Queen’s palace in England. Seeing these photos brought me back to my visits almost ten years ago, I will come back again and see it in the splendor of the night.

    • Thank you Cris. I agree. Although uninhabited, The Alhambra seems hauntingly warmer than the cold palaces of other royalties and its beauty lies in that everything was handcrafted.

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