out to explore Granada and see some of the "other" sights.
Kathleen tried hard, really hard, to get tickets to the Palace
of Alhambra, but failed. It seems that there is a
multi-month wait for tickets and we were late to that
party. She even got up at 0600 and stood in line to
attempt to get some of the 600 tickets that they sell every day
"ad hoc", but they were sold out before she got her
chance. But as a consolation prize, she got night tickets
to Generalife gardens.
photos below are what we saw.
tickets, Kathleen got up early and got the shot above from the
hotel balcony of one of the towers at Alhambra. She took a taxi to
the top of the hill and then walked back to the hotel.
were some flowers in bloom on the path back.
early morning light prevented harsh shadows on the flower.
down on the floor of the canyon, she could see the northern
ramparts of the Alhambra.
early in the day, so the streets were empty. Later in the
day, this street would be a river of people.
passages in the Albacin district are very narrow, intentionally
so to defeat possible intruders.
medium-sized vehicle fills the street. Minivans are used
as buses in this section of town.
palace of justice was next to our hotel.
the street was a sea of motorcycles in front of the court
building. Yet-another church is next door.
us awhile to figure it out why the tourists seem to come in
waves, but the answer was buses full of organized tours. A
tranche of them just passed us.
was occupied by the Moors and "freed" in 1492 by Isabella and
Ferdinand. As the Christians took over, they converted
existing structures to their own purposes. We visited a
building called the Madraza, which was an Islamic school.
Currently, the facility is part of the University of Granada.
madraza had intricate carvings left over from the Moors.
walls were filled with awesome carvings.
cupola was intricate, but hard to see.
have taken years to carve these walls. Arabic writing from
the Koran circle the wall.
carvings went on and on.
were very well preserved with very small damaged areas.
school proper had this intricate ceiling.
we moved on to the cathedral next door.
the dim lighting, we could see remarkable carvings to a
a very large cathedral with huge, high ceilings.
close-up of the vaulted arch.
the alcoves had statues.
I assume this was a
This is an active church, with people coming and going.
Each ceiling area
had different carvings.
was too high to see clearly.
entire church, the portion for services was the smallest
part. The structure next to it was much, much larger.
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