Walking through the early morning and still sleeping city streets of Granada we made our way along the empty avenues to a winding wooded, cobblestone climb. Even though it was already after seven the city was eerily quite – turns out late Spanish nights, means late Spanish morning in return.
Up to the castle gates and through them with ease, an impossible task to imagine how daunting this short stretch must have been to the forces attempting to conquer it. The reason why whoever held control of this immense fortress held the keys to the entire area. And even still, after all of the surrounding area had been conquered the very last Emir in all of Spain still remained.
Built upon Roman fortifications, and expanded again and again throughout the centuries. While castles, forts and palaces around the peninsula were captured and raze this one was only slightly transformed with each vanquisher and new head inhabitant – a testament to its beauty and purpose that regardless of creed or ideology one had to be heartless to destroy such a master work or art, engineering, military science and architecture.
The hallways with their impeccably carved walls - the script of universal prayer from a foreign pen; the gardens and their fresh flowers and sweet scented fruits; the reflection pools and their glistening fountains, the stoic sculptures, the sober statues all representing the tremendous feats of man as he aspires to represent the divine. And even today in the modern world of everyday technological miracles, one’s heart jumps and then goes still in the presence of such pious hewn divinity.
As a kid I was fascinated with castles, drawing their forms on every blank page of paper and reading everything I could about their history, their inhabitants, and their purposes in warfare. So this was a long lasting dream to see a childhood obsession so close, even after all these years. The experience of being there is impossible to describe in words nor photos, but nevertheless here is a photographic tour of the Alhambra.
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