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Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain and the name means Red Fort because of its red bricks.
Nasrid Dynasty (1232-1492), the last Muslims to rule in Spain.
It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then was largely ignored.
Alhambra came in lime light after it was rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed bin Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada.
It was converted into a Royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
Alhambra’s Islamic palaces, as we know them today, were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and the court of the Nasrid dynasty.
Alhambra got its name in UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1984.
Moorish poets described it as “a pearl set in emeralds”
Despite of a very long neglect, Alhambra still exposes the brilliant Muslim art in its final European stages. The decoration consists of Arabic inscriptions in geometrical patterns and Painted tiles are largely used as Paneling for the walls.
The palace complex is designed in the Mudejar style, which is characteristic of western elements reinterpreted into Islamic forms
The greatest concern of the architects of the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter the size of the space.
Several changes were made to charismatic Alhambra after Christian conquest in 1492. The open work was filled up with whitewash, the painting and gilding effaced, and the furniture soiled, torn, or removed
Revamping was undertaken in 1828 by the architect Jose Contreras.
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Yusuf I (1333-1353) and Mohammed V (1353-1391) are responsible for most of the constructions of the Alhambra that we can still admire today.
During the reign of the Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra was transformed into a Palatine city, with an irrigation system of own.
The castle of the Alhambra was added to the city’s area within the ramparts in the 9th century.
Marcel L’Herbiers made a film, El Dorado in 1921 with Alhambra as a shooting set.
It’s a multiplayer location for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood’s final DLC.
Alcazaba (citadel) was the most westerly feature of Alhambra and had a residential area for the royal guard of the Sultan who controlled and patrolled the palatial city, and was referred to as the Military District.
The Tower of Justice is the original entrance gate to the Alhambra, built by Yusuf I in 1348.
The Palace of the Lions was the architectural best; in the heart of Alhambra and was the main courtyard of the Nasrid dynasty.
The Palace of Mexuar was built for the juridical administration.
The Palace of Comares is the masterpiece of the Alhambra and was the King’s residence. Its Ambassador’s Room is the largest in all the complex.
The Gardens Of the Generalife are the marvelous gardens, bordering on the Alhambra, made in early 14th century.
Alhambra is a reflection of the culture of the last centuries of the Moorish rule and still a BRIDE type site that attracts people from all around the globe……!!!!