14.10.2009 29 °C
Alhambra - a castle in a cabbage patch.
Neat rows of artichokes, aubergines and cabbages on the irrigated terraces of this ancient fortress disguise the fact that this was a place of conflict for thousands of years. The Muslim Moors built a castle here in 888 but the Phoenicians, Carthagens and Greeks were here nearly two thousand years before them. In the 5th. Century BC the Jews controlled this land. Then the Romans took over until the Visigoths of Northern Europe overran them in 500AD. The Arab Moors, together with the Jews, threw out the Visigoths in 711 AD. but the Christians were always knocking at the gates. The Christians finally overthrew the Muslims in 1492 - the same year that Christophe Colon claimed America for Spain.
If all of this history makes your mind spin - don’t take a guided tour of Alhambra. This place has so much history it can burst your brain. This area has been home to humans for over four-hundred thousand years. But we only saw the surface; modern history - Castles like this one built by the Arabs in 1238...
This was the home of the Sultan and his harem. Here‘s his swimming pool!
The numerous domed ceilings are simply breathtaking …
…. And so are the views across the ancient city of Granada
The Christian kings of Aragon and Andalucía built their own great palaces and cathedrals here - once they had destroyed the Muslim's mosques.
This palace is called “Generalife”
Today, Muslims, Jews and Christians from all over the world flock to see where their ancestors fought and died for world domination - if only they could learn from the history lesson they receive here.