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Granada, Spain
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The 14th century Alhambra (so named because of its red walls) is an outstanding Moorish palace/fort that is one of the most impressive buildings in the world, and is the most popular historical attraction in Spain, with around 2 million visitors (mandatory advanced ticketing) each year. 

The walk up to the hilltop Alhambra is very atmospheric and impressive.  Entering through the Gate of Justice, you can see the ruins of the original fortress, the Alcazaba.   The main attraction in the Alhambra is the Palacio Nazaries (Nasrid Royal Palace) with its tranquil pools, intricately carved walls, and impressive fountains.  With its stalactite ceilings and star-shaped cupola, the Sala de los Abencerrajes (Hall of the Moors) may be one of the most impressive in the Alhambra.  Maybe you will see a Mookieathon there.  Also, the Generalife are the Alhambra’s beautiful terraced green water gardens.  They are certainly worth a lingering stroll. 
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First To Review: Ines O.
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Sep 27, 2008
Alhambra (Granada, Andalucia, Spain) It's a magnific, great Moorish palace in Spain.
It's formed with 3 parts - Nazari Palace, Alcazaba Fortress, and Palace of King Carlos V(now it's used as a museum). Also there are many beautiful gardens with big pool. With a little bit distance, there is another palace named Generalife. It also has a great garden. Before you enter, you have to check your entering time ; if you're not lucky enough, you have to wait until you can enter. The time written on the ticket means the time that you have to visit "the Nazari Palace", so you can enter Alhambra before that time, except Nazari Palace. You can also make a reservation before you visit and it costs 1 € more, but you can save your time to wait. If you want to see everything even every details, it may take more than 4 hours, but if you don't have enough time, so you can see just one thing in the Alhambra, you must visit the Nazari Palace. You may feel as if you were in a Arabic palace and you're going to be surprised at that great decoration of the palace. That may be the reason why the Catholic didn't destroy it. To the Alhambra, you can take the bus number 32 or 30 in the city centre. It costs 1.10 € for 1 trip (for a adult).
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Feb 19, 2011
Granada has its usual quotient of churches, museums etc. typical for a southern European city. However, Granada has the Alhambra which is considered by some to be one of the 10 wonders of the world. In case you don't know, the Alhambra is a massive castle constructed over many centuries.
It consists of gardens, fortifications and sumptuous palaces. It was the home of many of the Arab Sultans who ruled the whole province so I suppose for centuries it received the optimum in interior decoration and architecture.
If you read the Koran, it continually repeats the idea that heaven is a garden with running water. From this perspective you could say that the Alhambra is an Arabic attempt to create heaven on earth. Nowadays, two million people visit the palaces each year and 8,500 people visit the Alhambra every day. It is therefore Spain's most visited monument. Even the biggest philistine would be impressed.
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Jul 7, 2008
This amazing palace, set in an area with semi deserts, illustrates at which stage the Moorish culture was in medieval times. Within the complex, you can physically see how the Spanish tried to impose their culture upon the defeated muslims, in the same way as they did by building a cathedral within the great mosque of Cordoba. Interestingly, it's the original elements that remain the most attractive; the blend doesn't really work. The Alhambra is still like an oasis, with its canals that bring cool water of sources to every corner of the mountain top. You should visit it a couple of times, and in between buy a guitar from one of the local builders, who might teach you a few smart chords.
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Oct 7, 2009
Palaces and gardens built by the arabiens between the 13th and the 15th century. It's the most visited building in Spain so you should buy tickets in advance on the internet. One general entry costs 13 euros. always keep your ticket with you, there will be several controls. You should count in half a day for visiting. The general visit also includes the Generalife, the summer palace of the sultans with lots of gardens around it. Somewhere between Alhambra and Generalife there is a photostudio where you can dress as arabiens, its very funny and costs around 5 euros per person. The gardens and the view of granada are great and the carvings in walls and ceilings quite impressive but after a while you've seen it...
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Mar 5, 2009
I cannot say how much I LOVE the Alhambra in Sevilla. Okay, first, everything in Sevilla is worth loving, it is a dream come true kind of city. I spent the summer there, and it was extremely hot, but the heat adds to the charm! So, the Alhambra was a smart place to visit because it has many gardens, shaded, stone hide aways and little pools of water. The Moors new how to handle the heat, that is the truth! In the summer, at night, the Alhambra hosts concerts in the gardens, I think it's called Noche en el Jardin. This is so fun, so beautiful to sit outside under the stars in the garden and listen to Flamenco music, or whatever... It's enchanting.
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