the last few days have been sluggish here between cedar not feeling well & then today i came down with something that i'm hoping leaves my body asap! i can't stand being sick! but it's left me with some downtime for catching up on posts i've been meaning to write since my mom was in town! so! granada was amazing, but more specifically the alhambra was amazing. last year in one of my last art history courses we learned about the alhambra & one of my favorite things is getting to see the things i studied in real life.
here's a little history lesson for you: the alhambra is a cool spot because it has both moorish & christian influences. when the moors moors are medieval muslims, but is more generally used now to refer to muslims from north africa) were the rulers of granada they constructed the current walls around the alhambra & turned it into a royal palace in 1333. after granada was conquered later on, by catholic monarchs, christian rulers charles v. built his palace within the alhambras walls in 1527. the alhambra was then sort of just lost until it was rediscovered in the 19th century & it is now a UNESCO world heritage site!
good history lesson, right!? the alhambra was amazing though, you could see the influences from both the cultures & they're such different cultures so it's such a neat comparison. it was beautiful, it seriously blows my mind to think how long ago these buildings were built & how much detail is in every. single. thing. plus, it was all done by hand. it's insane! i'm a real sucker for stuff like that, the whole trip i'm pretty sure i just kept asking how different things were made or built way back then, by hand & look so amazing.
we kept joking that the theme of our trip was to go to all the unesco sites & we actually did go to a few & i won't lie & i'll probably sound really dumb, but i didn't even know what a unesco world heritage site was....& now i do! there were a few unesco sites in seville, & the medinas in fez & marrakesh & then the alhambra. i'm thinking we should stick with the theme & go to all the unesco world heritage sites... but maybe it's a little bit of a far fetched dream cause there are a lot of them.