Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Alhambra Fortress

After our tour of the palaces of the Alhambra complex, we headed west towards the alcazaba (citadel) at the west end of the palace/fortress. Took a picture of the buildings below:

Alhambra was not merely a royal residence/palace but also originally served as a fortress. Here's a view of the alcazaba looking out west.

A closer view of the alcazaba is shown below. This 9th century citadel is the oldest part of the complex and currently only this tower, the ramparts and the outerwalls are left.

Atop the tower, you can get beautiful panoramic views of the city of Granada below. Parts of the outer wall can also be seen from this vista point.

Looking back east at the fortifications and the palaces hidden behind the towers. The citadel is quite unique in that it juts outs sort of like the bow of a ship and gradually widens up as you head to the body.

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