The Alhambra ( (listen), Spanish: [aˈlambɾa]; Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء, romanized: Al-Ḥamrāʾ, pronounced [alħamˈraːʔ], lit. 'The Red One') is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 CE on the remains of ancient Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Arab Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition), and the palaces were partially altered in the Renaissance style. In 1526, Charles I of Spain commissioned a new Renaissance palace better befitting the Holy Roman Emperor in the revolutionary Mannerist style influenced by humanist philosophy in direct juxtaposition with the Nasrid Andalusian architecture, but it was ultimately never completed due to Morisco rebellions in Granada.
Alhambra's last flowering of Islamic palaces was built for the final Muslim emirs in Spain during the decline of the Nasrid dynasty, who were increasingly subject to the Christian kings of Castile. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the buildings occupied by squatters, Alhambra was rediscovered following the defeat of Napoleon I, who had conducted retaliatory destruction of the site. The rediscoverers were first British intellectuals and then other northern European Romantic travelers. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Yaniv Kleinman | Mar 1, 2018
One of the most beautiful paths to walk in Spain. Start in Sacromonte and walk yourself down along this path. You’ll see the Alhambra and Generalife from up top and then have countless places available for tapas.
Micaela Castanheira | Feb 2, 2018
Such a beautiful walk. One of the most amazing streets of Granada, with the castle on top and the atmosphere of old spanish times.
Yassen Todorov | Nov 30, 2017
if you have been to Granada, you probably have walked here. If you have not and are going to Granada, you should walk there. A nice square, with a lot of cafes around, makes for a nice pit stop - just be sure to choose a shadowy place, otherwise on a sunny day it can be quite hot
Monica Ene | Nov 1, 2017
The main street of Albaicin it's a great place to walk, have a drink, eat "tapas", draw, listen to flamenco, and the list goes on and on. It's true, there are lots of cars and u need to get by the walls, but we didn't mind at all. It's part of Granada"s charm. I would definetely come back here.
Daniel Brand | Oct 26, 2017
Pleasant place to hang out after visiting the Alhambra even if a bit touristy. Nice atmosphere, street musicians entertaining you whil you drink a beer outside.
Roberto Espejel | Mar 24, 2018
A really nice and romantic walk with loads of tapas restaurants.
Hasnain Ahmad | May 3, 2018
Nice cheap tapas, also coincidentally there was an amazing lady singing traditional granada song with a melancholic tone, one if the best vocals I have heard in my life. I also got to have a chat with a wonderful couple who were from USA in the open terrace of this place, they shared their wonderful trips and gave me good suggestions, had a very good quiet evening.
Enriklis X | Apr 23, 2018
Brilliant place! Mixed memories here
Jana Burlakova | Jun 13, 2018
A must when visiting Granada. A romantic walk that will lead you to la Cuesta del Chapiz and then eventually to Albaicín. On the way you will find many cafes, restaurants and local handicraft shops.
Austine Garcia | Jun 28, 2018
Dope place after sunset to eat your baklava alone as you look at those two geese romping around the joint
Elise M | Aug 2, 2018
Great street to walk along the river. I came here after going up to the Alhambra and I checked out some of the local shops. There are lots of restaurants, ice cream shops, and places to sit!
Jim Mackey | Jul 22, 2018
Restaurants here were a bit pricey but tapas came with the drinks at no charge. Good view of Alhambra from below.
Lourdes Alcaniz | Jul 9, 2018
Lots of people but awesome place. It's like being teleported to the the 13th century.
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