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Being the foremost exemplar of Moorish
design and architecture in the world, the
Alhambra, in the southern city of
Granada, is probably Spain's biggest
tourist attraction. Yet it isn't all that it
seems. When Queen Isabella kicked the
Moors out of Spain in the late 15th
century (along with the Jews), what had
by then become a refuge for the last
Moorish inhabitants after years of
persecution was left to go to rack and ruin, and was only prevented from falling down
by a last minute rescue by a dedicated group of historians and architects who
recognised its inherent values and sought to conserve them. So a lot of what we see
now as the 'Alhambra' is a reconstruction from drawings and plans. Beautifully done
though!
And now this light of Islam is being squandered on masses of 'yoof' tourists, seemingly
there only under sufferance and dedicated to their selfies and their Facebook pages
rather than the exquisite sights that surround them, or cooling off under the shade of
the fountains and courtyards. I wonder if, one day, they will come to regret their
insouciance. This is why most of my own pictures of this extraordinary place are
pointing upwards, above the selfie sticks of the pressing crowd.
Being the foremost exemplar of Moorish design and architecture in the world, the
Alhambra, in the southern city of Granada, is probably Spain's biggest tourist attraction.
Yet it isn't all that it seems. When Queen Isabella kicked the Moors out of Spain in the late
15th century (along with the Jews), what had by then become a refuge for the last Moorish
inhabitants after years of persecution was left to go to rack and ruin, and was only
prevented from falling down by a last minute rescue by a dedicated group of historians
and architects who recognised its inherent values and sought to conserve them. So a lot of
what we see now as the 'Alhambra' is a reconstruction from drawings and plans.
Beautifully done though!
And now this light of Islam is being squandered on masses of 'yoof' tourists, seemingly
there only under sufferance and dedicated to their selfies and their Facebook pages rather
than the exquisite sights that surround them, or cooling off under the shade of the
fountains and courtyards. I wonder if, one day, they will come to regret their insouciance.
This is why most of my own pictures of this extraordinary place are pointing upwards,
above the selfie sticks of the pressing crowd.
Being the foremost exemplar of Moorish
design and architecture in the world, the
Alhambra, in the southern city of
Granada, is probably Spain's biggest
tourist attraction. Yet it isn't all that it
seems. When Queen Isabella kicked the
Moors out of Spain in the late 15th
century (along with the Jews), what had by
then become a refuge for the last Moorish
inhabitants after years of persecution
was left to go to rack and ruin, and was only prevented from falling down by a last
minute rescue by a dedicated group of historians and architects who recognised its
inherent values and sought to conserve them. So a lot of what we see now as the
'Alhambra' is a reconstruction from drawings and plans. Beautifully done though!
And now this light of Islam is being squandered on masses of 'yoof' tourists, seemingly
there only under sufferance and dedicated to their selfies and their Facebook pages
rather than the exquisite sights that surround them, or cooling off under the shade of
the fountains and courtyards. I wonder if, one day, they will come to regret their
insouciance. This is why most of my own pictures of this extraordinary place are
pointing upwards, above the selfie sticks of the pressing crowd.

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Being the foremost exemplar of Moorish design and architecture in the world, the Alhambra, in the southern city of Granada, is probably Spain's biggest tourist attraction. Yet it isn't all that it seems.  when Queen Isabella kicked the Moors out of Spain in the late 15th century (along with the Jews), what had by then become a refuge for the last Moorish inhabitants after years of persecution was left to go to rack and ruin, and was only prevented from falling down by a last minute rescue by a dedicated group of historians and architects who recognised its inherent values and sought to conserve them. So a lot of what we see now as the 'Alhambra' is a reconstruction from drawings and plans. Beautifully done though! 

And now this light of Islam is being squandered on masses of 'yoof' tourists, seemingly there only under sufferance and dedicated to their selfies and their Facebook pages rather than the exquisite sights that surround them, or cooling off under the shade of the fountains and courtyards.  I wonder if, one day, they will come to regret their insouciance.   This is why most of my own pictures of this extraordinary place are pointing upwards, above the selfie sticks of the pressing crowd. 
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