The Palace of the Alhambra
In Arabic Alhambra comes from Qalat Al-Hamra The Red One
The Alhambra Palace was built as a small fortress in AD 889. Built on the remains of Roman ruins. Then in the 13th century a Moorish king called Mohammed Ben Al-Ahmar improved the Alhambra structure to its current size.
The Royal Palace
In 1492, the Alhambra palace became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. It was from here that Christopher Columbus received his royal command for his expedition to the Americas.
The Alhambra’s buildings were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain. Then the decline of the Nasrid dynasty who were forced under the control of the Christian Kings of Castile.
Defeat of Napoleon
After falling into ruin for centuries, the Alhambra was occupied by squatters. The Alhambra was rediscovered following the defeat of Napoleon by the British. The French had nearly destroyed the palace, when British travellers started to take a greater interest in the old site.
It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is nox a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories.
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