The Calat Alhambra —the name means Red Castle —looks forbiddingly somber, looming on a rocky outcropping above the city of Granada in southern Andalusia. While a portion of the original rugged 9th-century fort still exists at the core, the castle was transformed starting in by the Nasrid princes. Parador de Granada Palacio de Santa Ines. The extravagance and sensuality of the Nasrid lifestyle seems diametrically opposite to the fortresslike exterior. Around the arcaded Patio de los Leonares Court of the Lions , with its immense fountain resting on 12 marble lions, every room tells a story; and now that the press of tourists has been reduced, you can actually view these rooms at leisure. In the Sala de los Abencerrajes , with its richly adorned honeycombed ceiling, the last emir, Boabdil, staged a banquet for his most powerful rivals, only to have his guards massacre them in mid-dinner.
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During their year rule, the Moors inevitably left their mark upon Spanish culture — in its cuisine, language and architecture. Here, Esme Fox tells us where to see the best of Moorish Spain. Presiding over the city like an ornate crown, the fortress was the Moors last stronghold in Spain. Parts of the complex date as far back as the ninth century, although most of what survives today was built in the fourteenth century by the rulers Yusuf I and Mohammed V. The author Washington Irving, who actually lived in the Alhambra for a while, wrote of the palace: "Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful.
It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the midth century by the Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada , who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. Alhambra's last flowering of Islamic palaces was built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain during the decline of the Nasrid dynasty , who were increasingly subject to the Christian Kings of Castile. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the buildings occupied by squatters , Alhambra was rediscovered following the defeat of Napoleon , who had conducted retaliatory destruction of the site. The rediscoverers were first British intellectuals and then other north European Romantic travelers.