Landscape, Architecture, and Gardens:
The Alhambra in Spain is perhaps most famous for its Islamic architecture and mountainous landscape. But the gardens – filled with fountains and roses, elms, orange trees, and myrtles – are also worthy of note. Though the styles and influences of both garden and architecture are mixed, the Alhambra is generally classified under “paradise gardens.” However you classify it, it is remarkable.
Conquest, Glory, and Ruin
The Alhambra has a long and fascinating history spanning numerous empires and conquests. In Roman times it was a small fortress. But what we think of now as the Alhambra dates from Spain’s Islamic period, between the conquest of Christian Spain in the eighth century, and its recapture in the fifteenth century. It was during this period that the palace and walls were constructed, and formed the home of the presiding emirate. The Alhambra was then in its glory.
But for many centuries following the recapture of Spain by Christian forces, the site was abandoned, falling into disrepair, and even used by squatters. Then, happily, the palace underwent a rediscovery and restoration which have made it a spectacular tourist attraction, appealing to a wide range of people due to its history, architecture and of course its gardens.
Below is my pinterest board for the Alhambra. If you hover and scroll, you’ll find many beautiful images of this spectacular paradise garden.