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At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most interesting cities in Eastern Andalusia. As well as its impressive Al-Andalus heritage, there are Renaissance architectural gems and the most modern facilities, fit for the 21st century. Granada has an unmistakable Moorish essence, due to the fact that it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. The gastronomy, craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past. Fountains, viewpoints and “Cármenes”, houses surrounded by typical gardens of this city, create unforgettable corners in the city. It is no surprise that one of its old neighbourhoods, the Albaicín, has been awarded the World Heritage designation, together with the Alhambra and Generalife. It was an important cultural centre for many centuries, under the Moors and the Christians too, and nowadays it boasts a broad cultural and leisure programme. Film, music or theatre festivals are complemented with permanent or travelling exhibitions on all fields of knowledge. Old Renaissance palaces hold seminars, conferences and discussions, while the most innovative infrastructures are prepared for great events.
The last Moorish kingdom in the Peninsula
The last kingdom to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs has an incredible historical-artistic heritage. Moorish and Christian elements can be found in the streets of Granada. The palace and gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife, together with the Albaicín neighbourhood, have the UNESCO World Heritage designation. The Gran Vía de Colón and the Avenida de los Reyes Católicos will take visitors to the most important districts and monuments built in the Renaissance.
The reddish hill on which the Alhambra is built holds the Alcazaba and the Nasrid Royal Palaces. This beautiful monument with art by the Moors and from Granada, built between the 13th and 15th century, has many rooms connected with courtyards, gardens and fountains. Its intricate architectural details can be seen in places such as Patio de los Arrayanes and de los Leones courtyards, in the Hall of the Ambassadors or in the Dos Hermanas Room. On this hill you can also find the Generalife Gardens, the summer residence of the Nasrid monarchs, and the Palace of Carlos V. The latter is a Renaissance construction which holds the Fine Arts Museum and the Alhambra Museum. The first has an important collection of artists from the 16th century, including Alonso Cano and Machuca. The second is an excellent way of getting to know the Spanish-Moorish art of Granada.
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