Granada, a high altitude
city of romance and folklore, boasts one of the
most popular tourist attractions in Spain, the
Alhambra palace-fortress. Built by the Nasrid
rulers in the 14th century the Alhambra is the
most important and spectacular piece of Moorish
architecture in Spain.
The huge complex, set
against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains,
includes the summer palace with its fountains
and gardens; the Palacios Nazaries with its intricate
ornamentation; and a hilltop fortress.
The city also boasts
a Cathedral containing a Royal Chapel in which
Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain lie buried, and
a Moorish medina area, known as the Albaicin,
with its labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed
houses. North of Granada is Sacromonte hill, famed
for its cave dwellings which were once the home
of a large gypsy community.
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