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September 11, 2004

Palace of the Nazaries

An ornate ceiling at the Alhambra, which unlike the Alcazar in Sevilla is an actual Moorish site commissioned by Moors, built by Moors, and used by Moors as a walled city, fortress, governmental seat, etc until the Catholics kicked them out. It was in fact their last stronghold in Spain, so the conquer of the Alhambra symbolized the defeat of the Moors, period. For those of you who've never been there, the Alhambra is not one building - or even a couple of buidings. It really is the remains of a small city. Th most notable and beautiful parts are the Palace of the Nazaries, the Nazaries dynasty rulers' equivalent of the White House or Buckingham Palace, and the Generalife Gardens, a large and beautiful area with one or two buildings as well as a number of gardens and fountains set into the side of a hill (the Alhambra, like many key mlitary sites, sits near the top of a steep hill overlooking the city of Granada).