Ranked #1 in Spain Tourism
Situated in Granada, the Alhambra is one of the most impressive buildings in Spain and therefore has become also one of the top tourist attractions. This complex is a palace, a fortress and a water garden at the same time and it is considered to be one of the finest examples of the stunning Moorish art and Andalusian heritage.
The roots of the name of Alhambra can be found in Arabic language – qa’lat Al-Hamra means the Red Castle so it is most likely that the palace got its name because of its red / peach-colored walls. It was built in 889 and initially was meant to function as a fortress until 1333, when the sultan Yusuf I decided to turn it into his residence. That is the time when the most acknowledged and admired parts of the complex were built – the Justice Gate, Baths, the Comares Room, the Hall of the Boat and others.
The complex went through several acts of demolition and neglect throughout the history until the reconstruction and preservation work finally started in the 19th century.
The complex amazes each of its visitors with the incredible decoration and architecture. It doesn’t really matter which part of Alhambra you will be visiting – everywhere you will see beautiful columns, arabesques and tiles, writings in Arabic (quotations of Koran), geometrical patterns and paintings. Every single spot of Alhambra is decorated – that was the task of the architects. Most of the columns don’t function as they are situated only to decorate the complex. The visual appearance of Alhambra is the most important one and you can just try to imagine the amount of energy that has been put in all the parts of the building just so they could have these fragile and accurate details.
The Alhambra complex is definitely one of the must-see objects when visiting Spain. However, one must be aware that it is nearly always crowded and entering it is actually not that easy as it may seem since the government has restricted the number of the visitors. 6000 people is the limit of the tourists let in the palace, but a little bit of planning before the visit of this amazing piece of architecture will definitely pay off once you’ll see this stunning complex. Within its beauty and powerful impression, it has made some impact to numerous artists that have included Alhambra in their work including Paulo Coelhu’s famous novel The Alchemist.