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Monday, October 17, 2011

Alhambra, Generalife & Albayzín Granada

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín Granada (SPAIN)

Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albayzín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. The residential district of the Albayzín is a rich repository of Moorish vernacular architecture, into which the traditional Andalusian architecture blends harmoniously.

The Alhambra and the gardens of El Generalife, which were included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1984, are masterpieces of Nasrid architecture and belong to the last period of Arab art in the Iberian Peninsula. They embody the strength of rich and sumptuous Moorish tradition based on lavish decoration, which is one of the most outstanding elements of these unique buildings.

Read complete article by Pradeep Kumar Mallik of Patna under World Heritage Sites in Issue no.55 of “ITS Stamp News”

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