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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.

In the Alhambra

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World gallery

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For more of the Alhambra see here