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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Alhambra, the Andalusian heritage

Alhambra is definitely in my list of "Places to visit" since one year, i have been reading recently about the Andalusian Islamic civilization and what i read and learnt about this huge civilization made me convinced to go there visit those places. I think Alhambra is one of the well made architectural places in the world. 

"The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle", perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica which by starlight is silver but by sunlight is transformed into gold. But there is another more poetic version, evoked by the Moslem analysts who speak of the construction of the Alhambra fortress "by the light of torches", the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration. Created originally for military purposes, 


There is no reference to the Alhambra as being a residence of kings until the 13th century, even though the fortress had existed since the 9th century. The first kings of Granada, the Zirites, had their castles and palaces on the hill of the Albaicin, and nothing remains of them. The Nasrites were probably the emirs who built the Alhambra, starting in 1238.
The founder of the dynasty, Muhammed Al-Ahmar, began with the restoration of the old fortress. His work was completed by his son Muhammed II, whose immediate successors continued with the repairs. The construction of the palaces (called Casa Real Vieja, "old Royal House or Palace") dates back to the 14th century and is the work of two great kings: Yusuf I and Muhammed V. To the first we owe, among others, the "Cuarto de Comares" (Chamber of Comares), the "Puerta de la Justicia" (Gate of Justice), the Baths and some towers. His son, Muhammed V, completed the beautification of the palaces with the "Cuarto de los Leones" (Chamber of the Lions), as well as other rooms and fortifications." source

When you browse these photos, you really feel in an Arabic atmosphere like you're chilling in Fes or Tangiers.. I think the Andalusian architecture heritage has been inherited and still inspire a lot of designers. a perfectionist and meticulous design which give you the feeling of peace and pleasure. 














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