I've been waiting Alhambra for my whole life. I've been picturing myself wandering and appreciating Alhambra, to witness the Moorish masterpiece, be part of its glory with him, my husband and my son. Have you ever heard, be careful of what you wish for =) Alhamdulillah.
Alhambra is located in Granada, on the top of hill of Assabica. Alhambra in Arabic means 'the red', or in complete form was Calat Alhambra 'the red fotress', by which Alhambra is palaces and fortress complex.
on the way to Granada..the Sierra Nevada mountain with snow on top
the red one, reflect the color of the red clay
Alhambra as the most significant and well known Islamic architecture was built for the last King/ Emir of Muslim in Spain from the Nasrid dynasty, Yusuf then Muhammad V the Sultan of Granada in 13th century. I once had known about Alhambra as a refuge place for the intellectual (muslim intellectual) from Spanish Christian. And here when Queen Isabella 1 came to picture. To her whom the last Sultan surrendered the Emirate of Granada
I better not to start cerita pasal perang Granada, nanti melencong pula entry hehe. I was truly happy for visiting my dream place. Nevertheless, feeling sadden for what I discovered. I'll tell you later. Anyway, some of the main highlight are the Nasrid palaces, Alcazaba (the fortress), the Partal, the Charles V palace (inserted in Alhambra lepas Christian ambil alih), and the lovely Generalife garden.
to the entrance of Nasrid palaces
The Nasrid palaces were divided into three parts; Mexuar, Serallo and Harem. It was here the Sultan, his ministers or member consult on state affair, or anything related.
felt deja vu when I entered this room..
the interior and exterior wall, decorated with calligraphy..kalimah suci, subhanAllah.
The Serallo as the main resident for emir has rooms surround the Patio of the Myrtles ( Patio de los Arrayanes), the large pool and the very significant view/symbol of Alhambra,
Moving on here is the most famous Court of Lions (Patiio de los Leones) , central fountain which supported by 12 tame-looking lions. HOW I WISH IT IS NOT CLOSED FOR RENOVATION T_T
this is how it should looks, picture credit to google (taken from my old post)
You must know, in it a poem says ; "Sedikit bicara dan kamu akan menemui kedamaian". WHAT A MAGICAL! I should return here..Aariz please bring mummy here again =(
Aariz was amazed by the water. In here you could hear the sounds of water all around. Because the palaces were constructed followed the theme ' paradise on earth'.
reflection, at the Partal
The end of Nasrid palaces, the most celebrated palace in Alhambra complex. The other palace found in here is the palace of Charles V, from the holy Roman emperor in 15th century, which was inserted within the Nasrid fortification.
dibina di atas keruntuhan dinasti Nasrid
sedih tau cerita dia..if only you want to google..
To tell the truth, I'm not that keen for any other place than Nasrid palaces (and the Generalife garden), I guess nothing can beat the highest of Islamic architecture.
typical carving at Charles V palace
And what I disappointed most here, there was no worship room/surau.. mengingatkan Alhambra once upon a time was tempat Islam kan.. hmmm =(
Now to the Generalife garden (Jennat Al Arif, Garden of Arif). Generalife was the summer palace ( tempat bersuka2 atau istana hinggap) was owned by the Nasrid emir also constructed in 13th century. The origin might have slight redecoration but still best reflects the Persian garden style with long pool and fountains.
Alhamdulillah. Alhambra, the magical. Sekali datang, berlalu begitu saja... Rindunya. I'm glad and happy for our Andalucia trip. Next update is Barcelona.