Oh Wow! I will try to give some description to the Alhambra as it really impressed me.
Three thoughts struck me regarding the Alhambra.
1. Water was very important then as it is now.
2. Cultures grow and change based on other cultures.
3. Politics have not really changed from then to now. We just have a different way of stating things.
The Alhambra was first built as a walled city. Much of that old wall still stands. In 1280, Mohammad I had an aqueduct system built that went from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the Generalife Area which is today a garden.
|The distant Sierra Nevada Range from whence the water comes.|
|An irrigation ditch in the gardens|
|Piping to one of the water ponds.|
|Ancient method of releasing steam which was used to heat the floors...Roman technology improved upon by the Moors.|
|The lions fountain which is the symbolism of the blending of Islam and Christianity.|
|This pool is in front of the king's palace. All this water greatly impressed the Arabic world with their dry conditions.|
|Water appeared in nearly every window. This proved how rich the Islamic Rulers were.|
|The center pattern represents the eight heavens of Allah. One dot in the center and the seven that are yellow around it.|
Tonight we take a walking tour of the Albaicin and see a Flamenco show. It will be blogged later I think. We ate a late lunch in our rented apt.