Photographer's Note

"In the mid-11th century, a king of Granada decided to rebuild a ruined fort that stood on the broad spur of a hill overlooking the city.
He gave it strong new walls, from which it took the name Alhambra ('red') from the local red clay used to build them.

In the 14th century Granada's ruling Nazrid emirs converted it into a royal palace,and later rulers added to it piecemeal until it formed a complex of palaces, gardens and forts.
Its buildings open onto central courtyard gardens linked by smaller rooms and passages. They give the impression of outdoor rooms that recall the atrium gardens of Pompeii - hardly surprisingly, since the Arabs had conquered many regions that had once been part of the Roman Empire and were familiar with its remains.
Originally linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway over a ravine, the Generalife (the Architect's Garden), one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens, was created in the 13th century as a summer retreat for the emirs.
Behind high walls its series of small gardens step down the hillside in narrow terraces.
This is the Patio de la Acequia, the Water-Garden Courtyard.Today a single central water channel leads to a pavilion - like summer palace dating from the 14th century.

Of all surviving Moorish gardens the Generalife, despite its later alterations, best conveys the spirit of the lost gardens of Al-Andalus, though many of its most enchanting features, the gracefully arching water jets that line the pool, is surprisingly a recent innovation."

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