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Granada is renowned for its ancient treasure in the Alhambra; without a doubt there is no other ancient monument quite like the Alhambra in Spain.

The history of the extraordinary Alhambra is colorful as Europe’s best preserved architecture. This beautiful ancient Moorish palace is located in Granada. Moorish poets labeled this ancient castle as the pearl among emeralds.

A lot of rich Moorish architecture can be seen in the Alhambra where Moorish kings ruled during the 14th century. The Alhambra served as a royal Moorish residence during the Nasrid dynasty with splendid Arabesques architecture.

In 1812, the French destroyed two of Alhambra’s towers. Although an earthquake rocked the Alhambra in 1821, fantastic restoration works were undertaken in 1828 by Jose Contreras to ensure the Alhambra’s grandeur till today.

The Alhambra contains many stunning pieces in its interior. The Lions Patio is a spacious courtyard holding 124 marble columns that form a gallery with beautiful arches. Inside is the largest reception hall used during ancient times called the Hall. It sports an ornate ceiling with tiles and pictures of heavens in blue, gold and white designs.

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