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Relive History in Alhambra, Spain

Originally constructed as a small fortress in 889, Alhambra is a historic monument greatly influenced by the Moorish culture. It symbolizes the domination of the Moors on the city of Andalusia centuries ago. History buffs will find it an alluring place to visit, given its importance and impact in Spain’s history; while tourists who were lured to the Alhambra because of its structures will not be disappointed, it’s sheer size and magnificence is worth the trip.

Alhambra was declared a national monument in 1870. The ravages of being occupied by marauders and thieves up until that time almost destroyed the beauty of the enchanting palaces of the Moors. Since then, it has been protected and restored, and in 1984, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today, Alhambra is visited by two million tourists annually. And to preserve it, the town has limited the visits to 6,600 per day.

It was in the mid-11th century that Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, built the current palaces. In 1333, Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada converted it into a Royal Palace, and in 1527, the Palace of Charles V was built within the Nasrid fortress. You have to cross the bridge Torre del Agua gate to bring you to Alhambra proper which features reinforced gateways, unearthed residential areas, and Arab bathhouses. From there you can visit the three interconnecting palaces where you will find council rooms and royal apartments between courtyards, fountains and reflecting pools.

Alhambra will leave you with a more understanding of the Moors influence in Spain. You just have to visit one of Europe’s greatest architectural sights.

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