The Fortress and Palaces of Alhambra

When we were in Granada we visited the fortress and palaces of the Alhambra. The Alhambra was set up on top of a tall hill to give it extra defence against attackers and extra range for range attacks for the archers, catapults and trebuchets. The walls were extra tall to provide more defence and for the archers to reign down there arrows onto the opponent.

view of Granada and mountains

view of Granada and mountains

Ok back to the point, we went to the Alhambra at eight in the morning and waited to buy tickets. We got some of the last tickets they had left. Then we realized that our entry time was 2:00 PM. We had to wait six hours before we could go in. So went out of the Alhambra and ate breakfast and walked around Granada. It felt so long, because I wanted to see the fortress!

When it was closer to our time, we walked back up to the Alhambra and went inside.

First we walked into the Gate of Justice. The outer wall of the Gate of Justice had a hand imprinted on top of it like a charm. On the inner wall there was a key. Legend says that there is a beautiful captive Christian princess underneath the Alhambra. One day the hand will touch the key and the princess will be released and the Alhambra will vanish. I did not buy it because the princess would have died like one thousand years ago.

Gate of Justice

Gate of Justice

Next we  went up a long winding path, also good for defence, to the main square. The main square had entrances to almost all the sights. We went to the fort first because we weren’t allowed to see the palaces until 6:00 PM.

the main square with us

the main square with us

We went into the fort and got and amazing view of Granada. You could see for miles in almost every direction. It would have been good for defence. Nobody could sneak up on you.

fort with Granada

fort with Granada

Inside the fort we saw houses that were partly destroyed. Some houses had baths and even multiple floors. It was so cool.

the houses

the houses

Once we left the fort, we went past the walls and past the moat to the Generalife summer palace.

generalife

generalife

Generalife was a palace full of nature. It was beautiful! There were fountains and aqueducts everywhere. It also had a really nice view of the Alhambra fortress and palaces.

generalife aqueducts

generalife aqueducts

generalife ponds

generalife ponds

generalife palaces

generalife palaces

There were trees and flowers everywhere. I wondered how they maintained it and stopped it from getting damaged when they were getting attacked.

generalife path

generalife path

After Generalife, we went back inside the walls. We visited a park inside the walls. There was lots of tree seeds flying in the air, big fluffy ones. I was sneezing because I get snuffled up with those kinds of things.

There were a lot of ponds there and birds too.

Next we went to Charles the V’s palace. Sadly it was never finished. It was square on the outside and round on the inside. It had a big gap in the ceiling to let the light in. It was very weathered, but it was cool. There were so many columns.

cool staircase

cool staircase

cool column

cool column

Charles V's palace

Charles V’s palace

Next we waited in line for the nicest palaces in Alhambra. There was a bit of a delay though so we had to wait another thirty minutes until we could get in!

When it was time, we went in. They were so cool. There were so many colours. There was lots of art and sculptures. There was lots of nature built into the places. It was so cool and playful at the same time. I was wondering how long it would take to build something like that. It must of taken a lot of effort!

windows

windows

loin statues

loin statues

amazzzzzzing

amazzzzzzing

carving

carving

Entrance

Entrance

We all took lots of pictures!

beautiful

beautiful

When we finished the tour, we went back down the winding road to the Gate of Justice. Then we went out to go eat dinner.

I read about the Alhambra and found out that it was captured by many different king and empires!

It was so cool and pretty.

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