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Like it has many others. Alhambra, also known as "The Red Fortress," has been the inspiration for many songs and stories, most notably Washington Irving's Tales of Alhambra. Before it became a palace, it was a fortress built by the Nasrid rulers of Granada. Moorish poets describe the now-royal residence as "a pearl set in emeralds" because of the color of the building and the woods that surround it. You decide which name gives it better poetic justice.
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The Alhambra - Courtyard
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Alhambra Palace Walls
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The Alhambra - Interior
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Alhambra Pool Reflection
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Intricate Palace Walls
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  • The Alhambra is a palace and fortress on the border of Granada, Spain.The Alhambra contains 23 towers (some for defense, others for vistas for residents of the palace) and 4 gates.
  • Many people refer to it as the most beautiful structure on Earth.
  • The entire complex is so large it would take approximately an hour to walk all the way around its walls.
  • It is rumored that the Alhambra is haunted by ghosts of previous residents because the complex is so beautiful they refused to leave for heaven when they died!

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The Alhambra - Courtyard
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Alhambra Palace Walls
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The Alhambra - Interior
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Alhambra Pool Reflection
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Intricate Palace Walls
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The grounds around the Palace are simply beautiful and combined with the architecture of the buildings is elegant. Even more elegant and over the top is the interior of the palace itself. The palace gives off an air of royalty, but also beauty in raw form. As you will see in the pictures, there is not a great deal of color in the palace it is much more about shapes and space. The other piece which adds to the interior and really makes it one of my favorite places is the amount of detailed carving found inside. Every square inch of every wall seems to be covered with carvings making for a...  read more
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Submitted On: Apr 30, 2012

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The Alhambra - Interior

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Alhambra Pool Reflection

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Intricate Palace Walls


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