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Listed under Gardens in Andalucia, Spain.

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Built as a summer palace and country pile for the Sultans of Grenada in the 13th Century, it is reasonable to expect the gardens and water features to be one of the palace’s most beautiful features. Built around a long main courtyard and the mirror pool it contains, surrounded by columns, canopies and flower gardens, Generalife has one of the world’s oldest Moorish gardens.

Open balconies encourage cooling breezes and offer views over the city and the Genil and Darro river valleys. There used to be a covered walkway between Generalife and the Alhambra, but it, like much of the rest of the building has been changed and renovated over the years and the original shape is long gone. The design is simple and tasteful, with minimal decoration, mostly involving the plasterwork, in contrast to the big official palaces the sultans usually lived in. The sounds of the fountains and shaded courtyards say relaxation rather than magnificence.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín”

'Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural res… Read more...

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“Gardens of Generalife”

The Court of the Long Pond in the Generalife is probably the most photographed garden feature in Europe. Jets of water arch over the pond. It has Islamic pavillions at both ends and an arcaded gallery overlooking the valley below and the Alhambra Palace… Read more...

Written by  Tom Turner. Read more »

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