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8 Reasons for choosing Granada and CLM

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The long Muslim occupation, from the invasion of the Iberian peninsular in 711 AD up until the Christian conquest of what was the last Islamic stronghold in Western Europe, had an indelible influence on the city of Granada. Its utmost expression is the beautiful and unique Alhambra and Generalife, one of the finest examples of Muslim architecture outside the Islamic world. Few buildings so sublimely blend magnificent architecture and beautiful gardens with endless fountains and water channels. This combination deeply impressed the 19th century Romantics and continues to provoke the same effect in visitors today. Students staying in Granada soon realise that such a place is a unique privilege in our lives that goes beyond a simple guided tour. Each spontaneous visit, each weekend walk and each hour spent reading a book in the gardens to the sound of trickling water, help one to understand the singularity of this delightful place. The Alhambra and Generalife are one of the most visited monuments in the world and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The narrow streets of the Albaicin, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO together with the Alhambra and Generalife, lead to viewpoints such as the Mirador San Nicolás, with its world-famous views of the Alhambra at sunset

But in monumental terms, Granada is much more than the Alhambra and Generalife.
The old Albaicin quarter - built on a hill opposite the Alhambra and still inhabited today - is a "living" example of the centuries of Muslim occupancy. Steep, narrow streets run between white washed walls hiding beautiful houses and gardens known as "Carmenes". These are adorned with flowerpots that fill the air with the scent of jasmine. The streets lead to squares and viewpoints such as the Mirador San Nicolas, with its world-famous views of the Alhambra at sunset.

There is more than one Granada although no physical boundaries exist. Besides Nasrid Granada, you will find the Granadas of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as the Romantic Granada of writers such as Irving and Dumas

This is the Granada of Nasrid times, but there are other "Granadas" intertwined:

Renaissance Granada can be appreciated in Charles's V Palace constructed within the walls of the Alhambra, and the Hospital Real where the University Rectorate is now located.

The most prominent examples of Baroque Granada can be seen in the spectacular Cathedral and Royal Chapel, the place of rest for the bodies of Queen Isabel of Castille and King Ferdinand of Aragon - historically known as the Catholic Monarchs - architects of Spain's emergence as a modern nation and of Columbus' arrival in the New World.
Other jewels of this period include the Monasteries of Cartuja and San Jeronimo, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Angustias, the Basilica and Hospital of San Juan de Dios and the Royal Chancellery - home to the Supreme Courts of Justice in Andalusia.

Granada Romantic was a period, which attracted illustrious travellers, writers and artists from all over the world. Under the influx of orientalism, they arrived in Granada enticed by it's fame as the last stronghold of Islam in Europe. The most famous of all and the one who influenced the universal recognition of Granada was the American writer and diplomat Washington Irving, although the likes of Alexandre Dumas or Richard Ford should not be forgotten. Examples of the architecture of this period are the Carmen de los Mártires, Plaza de Bib-Rambla and Plaza Nueva.

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