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Visiting the Exotic Alhambra

The exotic Alhambra, my whole reason for making the 4 hour drive to Granada. It did not disappoint.

As I mentioned yesterday, the Fashion Mister booked us into the hotel that is actually on the grounds of the Alhambra, which meant we were able to see some areas after everyone else went home. It was a beautiful spot to wander around as the sun set and it got me even more excited about doing the official tour the next day.

The Catholic Church at Alhambra at dusk - November 2012

The Catholic Church at Alhambra at dusk – November 2012

The Fort at Alhambra at dusk - November 2012

The Fort at Alhambra at dusk – November 2012

Alhambra at Dusk: As with many of the other cities we had visited, the old buildings were lit at night so you could enjoy how amazing they are late into the evening. What I like about these two photos is that there is enough blue left in the sky to give great colour and to show you how white the stone looked even though it was a natural unpainted stone. We also sat out on the patio of our hotel which over-looked the gardens which was a lovely way to spend the evening, in our own enchanted garden.

Alhambra - the external walls of the fort

Alhambra – the external walls of the fort

Alhambra - Internal Garden Pool

Alhambra – Internal Garden Pool

The external walls of the Alhambra - November 2012

The external walls of the Alhambra – November 2012

The Alhambra: I would really recommend that you click on the Alhambra link to learn more about this amazing place, both how it came about and its mixed Moor/Islamic and Catholic history, it truly is spectacular! They limit the number of visitors allowed into the internal buildings and if you are on a tour you have a set time for entrance into those areas so that none of them become too over-crowded or over-run. As our time for the internal areas was 11:30, we spent about 1 1/2 hours looking around the outside of the buildings and listening to the great stories our guide told us.

Glass ceiling at the Alhambra Palace.

Glass ceiling at the Alhambra Palace.

The Only Glass: This small section of glass-work is all that is done in glass at the Alhambra. Everything else is plaster and tile. Windows have shutters but no glass. At the time of our visit they were doing some restoration work to the plaster walls so this was the best shot of the ceiling that I could get. I think the intricacy of the plaster and glass is beautiful.

Plaster and Tile work at the Alhambra Palace.

Plaster and Tile work at the Alhambra Palace.

Plasterwork arches at the Alhambra Palace.

Plaster work arches at the Alhambra Palace.

Amazing Plasterwork Arches at the Alhambra

Amazing Plaster work Arches at the Alhambra

Large wood door at Alhambra Palace.

Large wood door at Alhambra Palace.

Close-up of plasterwork and writing at Alhambra Palace.

Close-up of plaster work and writing at Alhambra Palace.

The Plaster work: I was really impressed by how delicate the plaster work was and how areas were highlighted with pigmentation. Also, if you are used to seeing Greek, Roman or Egyptian columns you know they are huge and meant to support buildings and roofs. The dainty Moorish columns are only for their looks and you would think they would crumble under the weight of the buildings, but they aren’t load bearing so they can remain delicate and beautiful.

The Bath House ceiling at the Alhambra

The Bath House ceiling at the Alhambra

Stars Shine Down: Even the public bath-house had a bit of wonder about it. The ceilings all had eight-point stars cut into them. This allowed light into the private bathing rooms and was really lovely when it reflected onto the walls and floor. I imagine when there were pools of water for the light to reflect off of it would have been gorgeous.

That’s it for our visit to the exotic Alhambra Palace.

Next stop – Madrid!

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