The Alhambra and the Albayzín are different neighborhoods on two hills located right next to each other, making up historic Granada. Granada is a lively area with clubs, teahouses, cafes, and more that is designed in Islamic fashion.
The Alhambra is the only palatine city that has been preserved from the historic Islamic period. This neighborhood showcases Nasrid art.
The Albayzín neighborhood has historic houses on tiny streets and little squares built in Moorish and Andalusian architecture. This neighborhood is best known for the Moorish town planning it had, along with having Christian influence.
The Alhambra is the most well-known location in Granada. This splendid palace was home to the city’s Nasrid emirs. Construction first started officially in the 9th century, but probably actually began back in Roman times. The surrounding area of the palace contain a variety of historic attractions, including a church from the 16th century, interesting museums, the watchtower, and a 13th century citadel.
The Royal Chapel is where Isabel I de Castilla and Fernando II of Aragón rest in peace. Visitors can view their marble tombs from behind a gilded screen, but these ancient rulers’ bodies are actually in plain coffins in the crypt below the chapel. There is a museum here which showcases Fernando’s sword along with Isabel’s silver crown, scepter, and her art collection.
The Generalife gardens are on the grounds of Alhambra and go back to the 14th century. Visitors can stroll through these beautiful gardens and come upon all kinds of different flowers of all colors, trees, and fountains.
There is a 700-year-old cypress tree trunk located here, giving an idea of how much shade must have covered that surrounding area. The Escalera del Agua is an interesting landscaped staircase built with channels of water going down the steps.
2 sites in this World Heritage
- Alhambra & the Generalife
- El Albayzín