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“The Most Beautiful Monument in Spain”
Review of The Alhambra

The Alhambra
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Granada Day Trip from Seville with Skip-the-line Alhambra Access
Ranked #1 of 215 things to do in Granada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The second most visited site in Europe: this breathtaking palace-city is a sophisticated blend of medieval Islamic, Renaissance Christian and modern architectural styles..
Malaga, Spain
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“The Most Beautiful Monument in Spain”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

The Alhambra has three palaces, which are the Mexuar, the Comares Palace, and the Palacio de los Leones. These palaces are in my opinion the most beautiful monument in Spain. The Moors did not like plain walls or ceilings and they decorated these palaces to the maximum, so all the walls and ceilings are decorated.

The Mexuar Palace was where the Moorish kings held royal audience and attended to their people. The Sala del Mexuar has wonderful tile work. There are windows that give beautiful views of the Albaicin. The Mexuar courtyard shows the beautiful facade of the Comares Palace and has a small fountain. The façade is richly decorated with tile stucco with complicated designs.

The Comares Palace has the Courtyard of the Myrtles, with a reflecting pool and trimmed myrtle bushes. The façade of the palace with the tilework and the plasterwork with filigree is incredible. The Ambassadors’ Hall has tilework using the starburst design in beautiful colors that is a fantasy. The plasterwork uses a filigree design that is incredible.

The Palacio de los Leones features a beautiful patio with the Lion Fountain, which was still being renovated. The architecture with the arches resting on pillars is simply beautiful. The plasterwork is beautiful. The Hall of the Abencerrajes features a stalactite dome. The Sala de las Dos Hermanas features a stalactite dome and wonderful glazed tiles.

In conclusion, I cannot say I have seen a more beautiful palace in my life. I first visited the Alhambra when I was 23 years old and it was so beautiful that I cried from joy! Every visit after that made me appreciate the Alhambra more, because age allows you to understand better what you are seeing and you appreciate more the hard work involved in building it.

Visited April 2011
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Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland
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“Coulb be more renovated but still it is worth visiting”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

likes: a view of palm trees in the foreground and the Sierra Nevada covered by snow in the background, an exceptional example of Moorish culture in Spain, very good organisation and a lot of information points, an opportunity to buy tickets in advance and pick them up in other cities in Spain so that you don't have to wait in a queue, in February it was not crowded and with hordes of tourists I could relish the atmosphere in peace.

dislikes: in winter the gardens were not so amazing, you have to wait for your turn to enter the Nazaries Palace

Don't miss: from Alhambra you can see the entrance to the Museum of Caves (in the Sacromonte)

Visited February 2012
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“a must”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

a must if you're in Granada!
you feel like stepping back in time. i can read arabic, so i spent hours trying to read the religious scripts on the walls. very big, take your time, i spent half a day there and i didn't se everything. an oasis of calm in Granada. Charming and mystical. 

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“A gem - well worth the visit.”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

We visited with a small group in February with an English speaking guide which I would recommend. We had a splendid tour in the bright February sunshine. We especially liked the Lion room but found that some renovations were taking place in other areas. The generalife was stunning especially the section with the fountain. It was hard to take in all that was created there but our guide brought the site to life.

Visited February 2012
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“Indeed, a paradise.”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Its a bit schizophrenic to view secularism being touted at the Al-Hambra. Being born in India, where its a often debated virtue and seeing it exhibited in the beautiful paradise like monument alhambra with both islamic and christian influences, provoked a good deal of thought.

the artistry is stunning, location and conception of ancient architectes is truly staggering. its modern day reincarnation is well maintained by the beautiful city of Granada. And agree no trip here is complete w/o a visit.

My suggestion is to break it into 2 halves morning 8 to 5 with a siesta in the palatial gardens

Visited February 2012
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