What is Alhambra?

What Does Alhambra Mean

Alhambra is a term that is not part of the dictionary produced by the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ). It is the name given to a citadel built by the Muslims in Al-Andalus , as the Iberian territory dominated by this people was known in the Middle Ages .

The Alhambra is located in what is currently Granada , a Spanish province that is part of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia . The notion comes from Al-Hamrá , an Arabic expression that can be translated as "red castle . " This is due to the tonality of its walls and towers.

Located on the al-Sabika hill , next to the Darro river , the Alhambra is located in the eastern part of the city of Granada . Its location is strategic since it allowed to monitor the region.
The construction of this citadel took place in different historical stages. The first records of its existence date back to the 9th century , although specialists believe that, prior to the arrival of the Muslims, there were already buildings on the hill.
When, in the 11th century , Granada became the capital of the Kingdom of Taifa , the Alhambra began to grow. In 1283 it became a royal residence and later palaces and other luxurious buildings were erected.
The Alcazaba , the Generalife , the Palace of Carlos V , the Nasrid palaces and various patios and towers are part of the Alhambra complex, a monument that is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List .
In addition to everything indicated, we can highlight another important series of data about this emblematic construction:

-It is considered one of the most relevant monuments in the country as well as one of the most visited together with the Mosque of Córdoba, the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona or the Cathedral of Seville.

-In particular, we can underline that one of the most special corners to enjoy panoramic views of the Alhambra is from what is known as the Albaicín.

-The Convent of San Francisco, the courtyard of the cypresses, the room of the two sisters or the room of the abencerrages are some of the most attractive spaces of this construction. However, without a doubt, one of the most emblematic images of it is the well-known patio of the lions, where a fountain with these animals presides over it. It comes to symbolize life.

-The Alhambra has inspired many artists. A good example of this is the work "Cuentos de la Alhambra" (1832), written by the American author Washington Irving. In it, several stories and stories are developed both about the vision of that of the aforementioned corner of Granada and the legends that exist around it.

In the same way, we cannot forget that there is also the Cervezas Alhambra brand, which was founded in 1925 precisely in Granada. At the moment it is within the Mahou-San Miguel group and offers a long list of varieties of this drink: Alhambra Especial, Alhambra Negra, Alhambra Traditional ...

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