The Alhambra in Granada is a Spanish national jewel.
I was fortunate enough to visit it on my 32nd birthday after our final day of cycling in Spain (as a group at least.)
The Alhambra has a long and storied history of rulers and conquerers, sultans and kings. Each of these parties had an influence on the ultimate construction and design of the buildings within the palace walls.
Considering there were so many who influenced its construction, it is impressive that it even exists. It’s a testimony to it’s beauty that no one tore it down when they took power.
The Alhambra was our final cultural stop on our cycling tour of Andalucia. The entire trip we were fortunate to see first hand some of the influence that the Islamic world had on this part of Spain.
Coming from a new world country, I am not afforded the opportunity to see ancient buildings on a regular basis.
The oldest building in my city (Calgary, Canada) would be approximately 140 years old, not 1400 years old.
In the case of the Alhambra I was imagining the people and stories that were held within its walls.
What did the sultans and servants lives look like?
How many slaves did it take to build something so impressive?
Why can’t we, in the 21st century, build structures this imposing and magnificent?
After leaving the Alhambra the thing that stuck me most was that these were a very advanced and cultured people that built such a structure.
The waterworks have not been modified to this day. All of them are original.
I am sure that I couldn’t design something that functions for over 1200 years. They did.
The Alhambra was a fantastic wrap up to an incredible trip. I made new friends, I strengthened my legs, I captured some incredible photos, and I learned something new about another corner of the world.
I haven’t been on any other ExperiencePlus! tours, but I’m sure they bring the same professionalism and insight to all of their trips that they had demonstrated on the Andalucian trip.
I hope to have a chance to ride with them again.
(Thanks to Lindy on the tour. I had forgot my camera this day, so these photos are credited to her.)