This is the Castle of the Christian Monarchs. It’s a castle built like a fortress, with gardens that are reminiscent of a miniature garden of Versailles. It was the home of Isabella 1 of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Here are a few pictures of the gardens.
The Mezquita-Catedral is quite spectacular a literal and figurative clash of cultures. A serene open mosque, sunlight streaming in from all 4 sides, was raped architecturally when invading and conquering Christians, constructed not one but two cathedrals inside the open plan mosque, bricking up the huge open gates from the adjacent garden. It is still something at which to marvel.
After a bus and Very Fast Train from Granada, we arrived at Cordoba. Here are s few photos in the early morning, whilst the typical local is till fast asleep, having probably gone to bed around 2am
A steamy hot day and 5 hours exploring the Alhambra
Quite one of the most memorable and joyful events, to the point of tears, the penultimate concert of the massed double reeds: oboes, cor anglais and bassoons of all ranges.
Being held in Granada, the encore was entirely predictable and appropriate.
It started at 11pm! Yes that is the correct time