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A visit to the wondrous Alhambra

December 16, 2008

A visit to Granada is not complete unless you experience its chief attraction by far, the enthralling Arabian palace citadel Alhambra, which is situated on a hill overlooking the city. Alhambra isn’t just one building but several buildings used as royal residential quarters, court complex, official chambers, bath and mosque built during the Nasrid dynasty in the thirteenth century.

As you walk through Alhambra’s magnificent interior evocative feelings of awe and amazement prevails due to its expert craftsmanship and memories of a bygone era of gallant knights, helpless maidens and powerful emirs. You won’t find anything of its scope or grandeur anywhere else. The expert blending of nature with sublime architecture using running water, pools, windows that frame vistas, gardens and lookout points invokes an idea of Paradise as described in the Quran.

The visit will take atleast 6-7 hours and you will see the Alhambra Palaces, walk upto the Alcazaba, a military fortress on the highest part of the hill, then the Nasrid Palaces that are brilliantly designed and constructed. The Generalife Gardens contains the summer palace of the ancient Moorish leaders, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains and patios. Occupying the largest part of the walled Alhambra, the Medina is where the craftsmen and servants lived and some evidence of their simple lifestyle still remains. You will need comfortable shoes and attire as well as a snack and water to sustain you throughout the tour.

Only a limited number of tickets are sold every day (upto a maximum of 6000 per day) and therefore the queues are rather long. As an alternative you can book tickets well in advance at www.alhambratickets.com, which is strongly recommended. Admission to the Nasrid Palace should be within a period of 30 minutes of purchasing your ticket so make sure that you enter within the time frame mentioned on your ticket, if not you will have to purchase another one. Once inside you can stay as long as you like. Be sure to take lots of film rolls and your identification with you.

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