The Alhambra

Standing majestically atop a rock outcropping in Granada is the Alhambra, a Moorish fort and palace complex now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Alhambra means red fortress – after the red clay from which it was constructed in the 14th century, though the first fort on the site was traced back to 9th or 10th century. Built to house Muslim rulers in the region, the complex includes a number of palaces, towers and defensive features, including the alcazaba (citadel) with walls and watchtowers protecting the interior buildings. The Royal Complex containing ceremonial areas, offices…

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