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Alhambra fortress

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The gardens within the Alhambra fortress are not as well maintained as the Alameda gardens next door

From the Alameda gardens we walked through the ruins of an old settlement within the large Alhambra fortress. By now the sun was warming us and people were streaming into the fortress grounds. The ruins reminded me of the ruins at Bahrain Fort in the shape, dense distribution and layout of the rooms.

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The fortress is huge at Alhambra and there are many ruins

On Saturday evening we sat on the verandah of our hotel, enjoying a drink and a most delicious tortilla with other tapas. A British retiree at the table next to us started talking as he worked his way through a bottle of wine. As he became drunker, he moved progressively closer to me and waved his arms in the air as he talked, until I felt penned in and finally asked Patrice if we could go for a walk to get away from him. We walked part of the way towards Granada from our hotel near Alhambra and it was tranquil and cool. When we returned to the hotel he was still sitting on the verandah, finishing the last of the bottle and we hurried past. The next day in Alhambra we repeatedly saw him and walked fast to avoid getting caught in another long soliloquy and to avoid his licentious hands.

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Roof of the Arab bath-house (hammam)

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Inside the hammam

Inside the fortress at Alhambra is the partially intact hammam (Arab bath-house) with many rooms. The roof in the main room is lovely, with big star-shaped holes.

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I’m unsure of the era of these tiles that are still attached to the wall of the hammam.

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The towers of the fortress at Alhambra are both eye-catching and imposing

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View from the tower at Alhambra fortress

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View of Granada.

We didn’t take a tour or listen to an audio tour and there were not any signs explaining what we were seeing. In retrospect I should have read about it before I went there! Instead we wandered around and appreciated the aesthetics.

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Inside the main fortress of Alhambra

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These are the external walls of the Alhambra fortress that catch the setting sun and are photographed everyday from the opposite hill

We didn’t rush through the ruins of the fortress and by good fortune finished 20 minutes before our allocated time to enter Alhambra Palace. We joined the beginnings of a queue and waited like cats, soaking up the glorious sunshine, while trying to guess the nationalities of the people around us.

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It’s difficult to imagine living in such cramped conditions. Life as a serf would have been pretty tough!

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What post would be complete without a photo of an interesting door?

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There’s nothing much new to see in this photo but I like the view through the ruined doorway at Alhambra fortress

Other posts from 4 days in Andalusia

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/splendid-sevilla-cathedral/

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/awe-inspiring-real-alcazar-of-sevilla/

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/sevilla/

https://strivetoengage.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/alameda-gardens-of-alhambra/

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