1/27/15

GRANADA, SPAIN // THE ALHAMBRA

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. 

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  1. this looks amazing!! i've also studied about the alhambra in some classes and would love to go there!

    and i'm loving the new blog layout :)

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    1. come to spain & we can go!!!!!! haha & thank you :)

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  2. obsessed. seriously - the little art lesson in the post was the best, you should do more of that as an art connoisseur :) also, just read about UNESCO and i can['t wait to tell my husband about it! we're seeing them all!

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    1. thanks! maybe i will do more of the mini lessons.... i didn't know if it would be boring!? but you make me feel like it's not haha

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  3. this is gorgeous! I love stuff like this too. When we went to Notre Dame and Sacre Coure I was like, all trying to read the history to everyone but they weren't as into it ;) we'd be good travel buddies! PS- first pic and fifth pic of Cedar and his daddy are stunning.

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    1. aww thank you :) & ya, we'd totally be great travel buddies, i need more travel friends who are into the history of everything so i don't bore my family!

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