The Alhambra was a palace, a citadel, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans, high government officials, servants of the court and elite soldiers of the Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), the last Islamic sultanate in the lberian Peninsula. Together with the Mezquita (Great Mosque) of Cordoba, the Alhambra is one of the most widely known of all Islamic works of art.
The Nasrid Sultans chose as the site for their court the Sabika hill, one of the foothills of Sierra Nevada on the plain of Granada, which constituted an excellent site from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area. From the beginning of the XIII century, the small older buildings, mainly watchtowers, some of which dated back to before the XI century, gradually grew into a huge walled site which clearly intended to be both palace and court.
Within this gradual change, different stages of development, grandeur and decadence can clearly be seen through the various works of art and buildings erected over the years. The Alhambra was not a single static construction, built at a specific date, but rather the result of an evolution, successive reforms and extensions.
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PaulVDV (29531) 2012-05-12 15:44
Great view of the town and the mountains through these arches. I always like the partial views of the Alhambra or the Generalife in combination with the town, more specifically with the old Moorish quarter, El Albaicín.
The picture is nicely complemented by the two lions on the foreground.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (79297) 2012-05-12 22:38
Un intéressant cadrage pour cette photo de l'Alhambra avec les montagnes apparaissant à travers les arches.
bukitgolfb301 (42690) 2012-05-13 1:50
Hello my dear Lain
Wonderful light colors and light management.
Perfectly considered framework and composition as usual. So deep and clear focusing should be highly appreciated. Thanks for your sharing with your good job and have a good Sunday, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo