Alhambra, Granada and the Mezquita-Catedral, Cordoba

There are many places in the world that one would wish to go but that one may never have the opportunity to do so: Persepolis, Sana’a, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan …

Fortunately for my wife and I one of the places we have considered visiting for some time, the Alhambra, can now be removed from the wish list; in September we spent a week in Granada, ostensibly to see the Alhambra, but we did also make the journey to Córdoba and to the Mezquita-Catedral.

This post forms the first of a series displaying a handful of the 600 or so photos that were taken on our visit.  I shall begin with a couple of views of the Alhambra and of the surrounding area that was visible from the roof terrace of the wonderful apartment in which we stayed in Sacromonte; later posts will show some of the amazing tilework and architecture, the gardens, and a few shots of the Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba, a truly inspiring site but one that left me feeling slightly angry and appalled (all shall be revealed!).  So here we go, the first set of photographs:

A full view of the Alhambra looking across from Sacromonte

A close up view of the Alhambra looking at the Palace of Charles V and the tower within which is the The Hall of the Two Sisters (Sala de Dos Hermanas)

Looking down the valley from Sacromonte towards the centre of Granada and hills beyond

Looking up the valley from our roof terrace

Roof tops of Granada

I think that the next set will be of the tiles, the craftsmanship of which is astonishing and only bettered by the intricacy of the architecture in which I could happily sit and loose myself for many an hour.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by patientgardener on January 3, 2012 at 19:38

    Oo how interesting, the Alhambra is on my list of gardens to visit. I might have to ask you for details of your apartment


    • Hi Helen,

      The apartment was in Sacromonte, owned by a Japanese gentleman named Toru and his wife Barbara. Toru was the very essence of politeness and helpfullness, even going across town on his moped to buy bus tickets for us! The name of the apartment is El Lunar and there is a website for it; Toru speaks good English (and German, Spanish and of course Japanese!).

      The only thing I would warn against is that there was quite a bit of dog mess around the tiny streets of Sacromonte, I guess because it’s located on such a steep hillside the road cleaners don’t make it up there. If you can handle that though it is fantastic and sitting on the roof terrace watching the sun go down with the Alhambra across the valley and Granada below is quite something.



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