On Monday, the Porter’s group boarded a bus headed for the Sierra Nevada mountains. At the base of the mountains lies the city of Granada, which is also the Spanish word for pomegranate. The students did some reading on the history of the city, The Alhambra, and the Albaicín neighborhood to prepare for the trip. In this second of two posts, you’ll see more from them about the overnight excursion! Make sure to read the previous post for more information!
Carolyn N: Most of the buildings have a red tint to them.
The Generalife Palace was the summer palace of the Nasrid rulers and featured a slightly different style and look from the other palaces on the hillside. (photo: Carolyn N)
This may be one of the reasons the complex was originally called “La Alhambra,” which comes from an Arabic phrase meaning “the Red One.”
Julia T: There were ponds and pools of different shapes, beautiful fountains, and waterfalls. All of the beautiful water features add a unique look to the palaces.
Morgan M: After La Alhambra became part of the property of the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella, it was altered to better fit the rise of the Renaissance style. In the palace, you can still see the last remains of Islamic art and details of the European Renaissance era. The conversion into a more Renaissance style demonstrated the power of the Holy Roman Empire.
The palace of Carlos V or Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, was absolutely stunning in its construction and grandeur.
Sarah Z: The view looking down on El Albaicín was beautiful! The neighborhood has its own culture and is considered somewhat independent from the rest of the city. We left the Alhambra and walked through the medieval Moorish narrow streets single file as we climbed through the neighborhood.
The morning views of El Albaicîn were picture perfect from La Alhambra.
Bella A: La Alhambra is pictured here in front of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The photo was taken from El Abaicín. The exterior of La Alhambra appears plain, but the interior is filled with water, trees, flowers and other elements of nature, making it more colorful and lively.
It was a morning of beautiful views as we toured the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Granada. (photo: Bella A)