The Alhambra Granada Generalife
The Generalife Palace is situated on the natural plateau of the Sabikah hill, in Andalucia
. The last Islamic palace complex on the Iberian peninsula: Alhambra-Granada-Spain-1
The Generalife was constructed in the 13th and early 14th century. It's purpose was for recreation and seclusion. The Alhambra Granada Generalife: was the Emir's Summer Retreat, exclusively, for the Emir and his family.
Royal Summer Activities
Hunting in the Alameda de la Alhambra park in the Assabica valley... playing polo or tending to the vegetable plots.
Its exterior appears "rural" rather than palatial.
The Small Palace
The Spanish nicknamed the Alhambra Granada Generalife Palace the "Cuarto Real
": a minute royal palace - or, more accurately: "the royal room
Bearing in mind, during that period there was no internet or mobile phones, the Generalife's proximity to the Alhambra itself, was an intentional convenience for up-to-date matters of the state – especially, in the case of uprisings or the ever increasing threat
of Christian invasions
A view of the Albayzin overlooking the Alhambra park
Frequently Referred to as the Garden of the Architect
Etymologies of the Generalife:
- djennet: garden
- huerto: kitchen garden
- jardin: garden
- Jardines del Alarife: The builder's or architect's garden
The Alhambra Granada Generalife was one of many productive farmsteads that belonged to the Emir, supplying fresh fruit and vegetables to the occupants of the Alhambra.
The Alhambra kitchen-garden concept was similar to the royal nursery gardens in Madinat az-Zahra.
Moorish Spain's royalty, habitually participated in the introduction of new species in
and in constantly improving produce quality. What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Generalife Art of Appreciation
Islamic Meditation Centres on Conscious Awareness.
The Generalife is rich in the observation of Heaven on Earth Paradise.
A fundamental instrument in Alhambra expression - is water.
Tranquillity and beauty are present in every corner of The Generalife. The Romantic Viewpoint overlooking the Generalife and the upwards purifying Water Staircase are two examples...
Originally, terraced levels were dug out, planted and tended for - all the way to the Sabika hill-peak.
From that height, the Generalife approach was a astounding stair-case of colour-spill.
During Moorish days, mumuring water overflowed the two low marble basins of the Patio de la Acequia
. Nightingales are naturally attracted to the sound of flowing water... and they chose to stay in the Abassica park, enhancing, the tranquility of the Generalife.
The water-basin feed, belonged to part of the ingenious hydraulic system of the Alhambra, which Emir Ibn Nazir installed.
Continuously burbling water was cooling and soothing.
The spouting jets (introduced during 18th and 19th century) rendered the chimera of rain.
Every immaginable fruit and vegetable was abundantly supplied by the Generalife orchards. Moorish palates were highly sophisticated. The art of Pâte de Foie Gras was introduced to Europe by the Arabs.
The Moors - despite Koranic prescribe - produced excellent wines, which they indulged in.
Vivid blooms and trailing wisterias grace the inner Generalife courtyards and covered walkways. Rose scents of The High Garden
and its welcoming shade, accompanied by the gentle murmur of rippling water evokes romance.
Discover the ancient Cypress Tree Patio of the Sultana - and its tragic legend.
Black and White Pebbles
, adorn Generalife pavements in perfect symmetrical designs see the Significances of Sacred Geometric patterns islamic art and architecture 1
. Each pebble was carefully selected from two different Granada rivers: the black cobble-stones were taken from the Rio Genil
; the white ones from the Rio Darro
Tickets for the Alhambra Granada Generalife
There are 2 choices and 2 prices for Generalife Tickets.
Day Visits are possible for the Generalife.
The Alhambra Visiting Ticket enables you to see: the Nazrid Palaces, Generalife and the Alcazaba.
It is 13 €uros
The Garden Visit Ticket.
Paseo de los Cipreses, Secano, the San Francisco Gardens, the Alcazaba and Generalife.
This is 7 €uros.
Night visits are ONLY for the Nazrid Palaces
Washington Irving chose a bedroom, overlooking the romantic charm of the Alhambra.
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