IMG_4945 IMG_4946IMG_4981 IMG_4973  IMG_4962IMG_5018 Alhambra, the last and greatest Moorish palace as well as one of the most magnificent architectural sights in Europe. Nowhere else can the Moorish civilization be seen in such splendor, powerful in structure yet sensual in every details. IMG_5007IMG_4996IMG_5049IMG_5011 IMG_4998 IMG_5430IMG_5055 The Alhambra consists of four parts: Charles V’s Palace, Palacios Nazaries, the Alcazaba and Generalife. IMG_5023IMG_5019IMG_5037IMG_5014IMG_5010 Charles V’s Palace was built after Granada defeated the Muslim population, this is Spain’s most impressive Renaissance building. IMG_5031 IMG_5027IMG_5029 IMG_5288IMG_5239IMG_5066IMG_5074 IMG_5116 You will see minimum pictures of humans or animals in Islamic art in the Royal family since these images are forbidden by God. You will see mostly floral and geometric patterns and of course the elaborate lettering of the Arabic inscriptions. IMG_5094IMG_5095IMG_5083IMG_5072 IMG_5067 IMG_5161IMG_5169IMG_5159  IMG_5164IMG_5155 IMG_5172 The jewel of the Alhambra is the Moorish Royal Palace which was built mostly in the 14th century, you get to walk through 3 sections, royal offices, ceremonial rooms and private quarters. You will see the most refined and elegant Moorish civilization here with all rooms decorated from top to bottom of the finest work. IMG_5179IMG_5154 IMG_5149 IMG_5146 IMG_5142 IMG_5107IMG_5132IMG_5153IMG_5384IMG_5335IMG_5386 IMG_5109IMG_5126 IMG_5130 IMG_5115IMG_5119IMG_5113IMG_5103 As you tour this grand palace, you can feel how the Moorish glory blossomed to full-scale, ornate, stucco, gardens, views and water everywhere, as it is the most precious in most of the Islamic world, the symbol of life to the Moors. You can see water transformed into all forms in the Alhambra. IMG_5104 IMG_5186  IMG_5383 IMG_5379 IMG_5377 IMG_5376IMG_5139 IMG_5371 IMG_5316IMG_5368IMG_5427IMG_5428IMG_5352 IMG_5369IMG_5328   IMG_5319 IMG_5336 IMG_5313 IMG_5300IMG_5311IMG_5312 IMG_5308IMG_5293IMG_5292IMG_5279IMG_5290 IMG_5262IMG_5211IMG_5208IMG_5227IMG_5250 This is courtyard of the Lions which features a fountain with 12 Lions, it was a gift from a Jewish leader to the Sultan.  It was said that during the Moorish times, the fountain functioned as a clock with different lion spouting water each hour. IMG_5215IMG_5283 IMG_5252IMG_5218 IMG_5275IMG_5224IMG_5230IMG_5231 IMG_5244IMG_5272IMG_5270  IMG_5268IMG_5265  IMG_5254 IMG_5243IMG_5240 IMG_5214 IMG_5210 IMG_5491 IMG_5471IMG_5241IMG_5242IMG_5273IMG_5245 IMG_5191IMG_5204IMG_5200IMG_5492IMG_5199   IMG_5189 IMG_5409IMG_5421IMG_5392IMG_5416IMG_5417IMG_5422 IMG_5414IMG_5388IMG_5415IMG_5397 IMG_5091IMG_5410IMG_5412 The Alcazaba, the original Red Castle is the oldest part of the complex and offers a spectacular view of the city. IMG_5413IMG_5423IMG_5325 IMG_5396 IMG_5394IMG_5429IMG_5404 Moorish poets described The Alhambra as “a pearl set in emeralds,” in allusion to the colour of its buildings and the woods around them, now even after so many months since I visit, I am still mesmerized by all the intricate and sensual details of this magnificent structure.

New York born, Taiwan raised, married Swiss, addicted to travel, love the change of boundaries, cant live without bubble, lover of food n wine, helping dad to run a lock company, passion in art n culture, recently picked up photography and blogging, raising two girls, balancing a busy life, juggling with different chores, writing my book and living my life!

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