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The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Tower of the Ladies (Partal)

Tower of the Ladies (Partal), Mirador built by Muhammad III, 1302 – 1309, with the Albaraizin in the distance, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Courtyard of the Myrtles, Comares Palace

Courtyard of the Myrtles; XIV century under the reign of Yusuf I; Comares Palace; Nasrid Palaces; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Courtyard of the Myrtles, Comares Palace

North Gallery; Courtyard of the Myrtles; XIV century under the reign of Yusuf I; Comares Palace; Nasrid Palaces; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

The Alcazaba

Torre del Homenaje (The Keep), one of the oldest tower of the Alcazaba, dating back to the caliphate; Torre Quebrada (The Cracked Tower) because of the great crack in its wall; The Alcazaba, reconstructed by Sawar ben Handum in 889; Rebuilt and extended later during the 13th century by Muhammad I when he founded the Nasrid dynasty in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Courtyard of the Myrtles, Comares Palace

South Gallery; Courtyard of the Myrtles; XIV century under the reign of Yusuf I; Comares Palace; Nasrid Palaces; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Mexuar Palace

The courtyard of the Mexuar, The Mexuar Palace, 14th century, under the reign of Isma’il I, substantial alterations during the reign of Yusuf I (1333 – 1354) and of his son Muhammad V (1354 – 1359, 1362 – 1391), The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Lion's Palace

Detail of portico; Courtyard of the Lions; 1362; Second reign of Muhammad V; Nasrid Palace; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Alhambra, General View

The Alhambra with the Comares Tower in the foreground and the Palace of Charles V in the background, 14th - 16th Centuries, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Mexuar Palace

Detail of Capital, the courtyard of the Mexuar, The Mexuar Palace, 14th century, under the reign of Isma’il I, substantial alterations during the reign of Yusuf I and of his son Muhammad V, The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Lion's Palace

Detail of pillars; Courtyard of the Lions; 1362; Second reign of Muhammad V; Nasrid Palace; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Courtyard of the Myrtles, Comares Palace

Detail of stucco motifs and epigraphs; Detail of modern dado tiling copied from original XVI century ceramics; Courtyard of the Myrtles; XIV century under the reign of Yusuf I; Comares Palace; Nasrid Palaces; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Courtyard of the Lions

Courtyard of the Lions; 1362; Second reign of Muhammad V; Nasrid Palace; The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Generalife

The Water Garden Courtyard, The Generalife, 13th century, redecorated by the king Abu I-Walid Isma'il (1313-1324), The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Mexuar Palace

Detail of Mosaic, The courtyard of the Mexuar, The Mexuar Palace, 14th century, under the reign of Isma’il I, substantial alterations during the reign of Yusuf I (1333 – 1354) and of his son Muhammad V (1354 – 1359, 1362 – 1391), The Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

The building of the Alhambra began in 889 with the rebuilding of the Alcazaba and ended in 1461 with the Tower of Princesses, few time before the fall of the Nasrid Dynasty founded by Muhammad I in 1238. The Catholic Monarchs entreated the custody of the Alhambra to a family of nobles who kept the place in good shape. However we had to wait for the XIX century and the passion expressed by the Romantics (Chateaubriand, Washington, Irving, Théophile Gautier, Victor Hugo) for the beauty of the place to give it back its nature a universal jewel, registered as World Heritage since 1984.