Now, a trip to Granada to visit the famed Alhambra palace. Although I have spoken to people about their experiences visiting the Alhambra, none of the superlatives and descriptions I have heard really meant anything until I actually saw it for myself . Even showing these pictures do not give it justice.
The palace compound, built mainly by the Moors, rambles up the top of a ridge extending down from the mountains that come right to the edge of the city of Granada.
As in virtually all buildings of consequence in Spain, water is one of the constant themes, with many fountains, streams and reflecting ponds throughout. Many of the Moorish fountains have a laid back, quiet nature. In many places the quiet gurgle of water flowing in a small stream or from a fountain can be heard.
The construction, ornamentation and artwork in the buildings that make up the Alhambra are nothing short of amazing, and although from a distance it is obvious that the place is large and impressive, there is little outside to hint at the beautiful artwork inside the complex. I will attempt to describe the experience. First, the artisanry is manifested in many forms.