Introduction to the Alhambra
The Alhambra is a fortified palace city located in Granada, the heart of Andalusia, at the South of Spain. The Alhambra's Moorish palaces were built during the mid 14th century by the Nasrid dinasty. After the Reconquest, the palace were used by the Catholic Monarchs. During the first quarter of the 15th century, the Palace of Charles V was built within the Nasrid fortifications as a residence for the Holy Roman Emperor, but it almost wasn't occupied by him.
The Alhambra was forgotten for centuries, falling into ruins and inhabited by anonymous people. During the 19th century, the Alhambra was rediscovered by European romantic travelers. Successive restorations commenced, with interventions in almost every piece of the Islamic and Catholic palaces.
Nowadays, the Alhambra is the most significant piece of Islamic architecture in Spain, and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stands as a living piece of the history of Spain, protecting the city of Granada from the top of its hill, and hosting the ghosts of past Emirs and Emperors.