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Did you know that wood is an essential feature of the architecture of the Alhambra?

06/09/2015

Wood is an essential feature of the architecture of the Alhambra. It is used to hold up the ceilings with ceiling frames in parhilera or par y nudillo formation, and is part of intersecting systems that support floors in which...

Did you know that the Christian Kings displayed their style and symbols in the areas they inhabited in the Alhambra?

03/07/2015

When the Christian Kings took over the Alhambra, they decided to conserve the palaces, decoration and symbols left behind by their predecessors, the Nasrid dynasty, but they also wanted to leave their mark on the areas they used....

Did you know that the vegetable gardens in the Generalife are worked using traditional techniques?

27/04/2015

There have been vegetable gardens in the Generalife ever since the 14th century. These gardens have been maintained without interruption since that time using technical traditional techniques passed on from one generation to the...

Did you know that the key and the hand on the gate of Justice are a metaphor for power?

08/04/2015

In addition to their practical purpose in the defence of the Alhambra and as entrances to its walled area, the monument’s various gates have a symbolic value as displayed in various decorative elements with profound symbolism in...

Did you know that the ceiling of the Lindaraja Balcony is made out of coloured glass?

02/03/2015

 

The ceiling of the Lindaraja balcony is the only surviving ceiling of this kind in the Alhambra. Designed as a source of light from above, it was made out of coloured glass assembled on a wooden vaulted structure....

Did you know that the Gypsum used in the Plasterwork at the Alhambra came from Quarries in las Gabias?

05/01/2015

Traditionally, the raw material for the plasterwork decorations at the Alhambra was obtained near Granada at the quarries in Gabia la Grande. This was an excellent source of algeb or gypsum stone, of which there was a particular...

Did you know that the Palace City is built on top of the Alhambra conglomerate?

21/07/2014

Did you know that the Alhambra was built on land that was perfectly suited for its firm foundations? It is built on terrain made up of a conglomerate of reddish tones, which includes pebbles of different sizes and which is one of...

Did you know that the outsides of the houses and palaces of the Alhambra give no clues as to what lies within?

21/07/2014

The outsides of buildings in Muslim Spain were plain, monotone and highly austere with no windows in the walls. On the lower floors there were just a few openings for ventilation purposes, while the upper floors often had...

Did you know that there are half a dozen dungeons in the Alhambra?

30/06/2014

The dungeons were used for locking up captive prisoners who were lowered down on ropes into the main hole...

Did you know you can share the Alhambra and Generalife with your friends and family by e-mailing them audio postcards?

30/04/2014

Did you know... you can share the Alhambra and Generalife with your friends and family by e-mailing them audio postcards 

The Alhambra leaves a mark... an indelible memory that can now be shared with friends and family via...