This is the first time I’m writing a travel post about a place I’ve never actually been to myself. I’ll explain: This is the first edition of “Guest Globetrotter“! I’m opening up some space on my blog for audience input, so you are very welcome to send me a message if you’d like to share your trip on this platform. You can talk about your world trip or show off your hometown, any place is worthy! If you feel like you want to be the next Guest Globetrotter, do let me know over here.
This first edition of Guest Globetrotter was sent in by my most loyal of visitors: my parents. Actually, they’ve been going on many trips abroad with just the two of them, so they have faithfully been taking lots of photos to share their experiences. I felt like it would be such a shame not to do anything with their photos, so I decided to write this post.
Ok, so let’s start the tour. Hello, my name is Roselinde and I’ll be your narrator/curator person for the day! I picked the best photos from the bunch and did some research. Today we’ll be visiting the Alhambra (الْحَمْرَاء), a palace and fortress complex in Grandada, Spain. Originating as far back as the year 889, the Alhambra has a rich history. It has served as the home of powerful kings but was also occupied by squatters centuries ago. After several restorations, it is now famous around the world as being an exemplary place of Islamic Moorish architecture and garden design.
El Albayzín is a neighbourhood in Granada (Andalusia), Spain, where the Alhambra is located. The district is famous for being a central historical site of Medieval Muslim culture in southern Europe. The whole area, including the Alhambra, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Court of the Myrtles
This is the Court of the Myrtles (Patio de los Arrayanes), named after the green myrtle bushes on the side of the pond. The sections on the side are said to have been the women’s quarters.
Mocárabes, also known as honeycomb work, is an ornamental style of design in Islamic architecture. The technique arose in the Islamic world during the 12th century and the stalactite style of patterning is interpreted by some to be a symbolic representation of the cave where Mohammed received the Koran.
The Patio del Ciprés de la Sultana is part of the Palace of Generalife (جَنَّة الْعَرِيف Jannat al-‘Arīf, or literally, “Architect’s Garden”). Members of the Nasrid dynasty built the palace in the 14th century as a summer resting place for the Muslim royalty.
Arabesque decorations like these are rhythmic geometrical designs of scrolling, foliage, and simple lines. These designs are usually based on a single composition, acting as a ’tile’ of motif that can be seamlessly repeated into endless patterns. Arabesque is a significant element that characterises Islamic art, avoiding the depiction of human or animal forms and instead focusing on the underlying order and unity of nature through mathematically precise patterns.
Palace of the Lions
The Courtyard of the Lions is the main courtyard of the Palace of the Lions, located in the core of Alhambra complex. It is divided into four parts, representing the four rivers of paradise. The centre of the court is home to the 11th century Lion Fountain. Each hour, one of the 12 marble lions, representing the tribes of Israel, would spurt water from its mouth.
So, the moment of truth has arrived. What do you think, are my parents talented photographers? Ever since I studied the place during art history class in secondary school, the Alhambra has had a very prominent place on my travel bucket-list. It was really nice to see some more detailed images of the art and architecture, but I do hope I will get to visit the Alhambra in person sometime soon!
Have you ever visited the Alhambra yourself?