I say luckily, because I checked in early April, once we had our Granada plans set, and the entire month of July and almost all of June were completely sold out. There were just two time slots available for the days we were going to be there. Obviously, I immediately booked the tickets after getting confirmation that, yes, Allison and Anna would be with us.
We entered the palaces with our time slot. They were definitely my favorite part of the Alhambra. Everything was just so amazingly intricate and detailed. The architecture and design was just incredible.
This is the Patio de los Arrayanes, also known as the Court of Myrtles (not really sure how that translates.) Also known as the Patio de la Alberca. Also known as the Court of the Blessing. Also known as the Court of the Pond
It is a symbol of power for the palace.
It is also their air conditioning system.
Apparently, in this room, Christopher Columbus was received by Isabella and Ferdinand and given permission to sail to the New World. Pretty awesome.
I have walked where Columbus has walked.
I have also walked where Ferdinand and Isabella walked.
And also Cleopatra, but that was another time in Turkey.
This part was built from 1362-1391. It's a good example of the mix of Moorish and Christian styles in one, which is called the "Nasrid" style. Hence the name of the palace: The Nasrid Palace.
This is the Hall of the Abencerrajes.
Apparently, its name comes from a legend where the father of Boabdil, the last sultan of Granada (possibly the one who's mother told him to stop crying like a girl) invited all the chiefs of the line to a banquet. During the party, while I am sure they were having a wonderful time, he murdered everyone. Sound familiar anyone?
We rested briefly at the court of the vestibule, because we were mildly exhausted. Anna promptly fell asleep when we arrived at the restaurant for lunch.
Overall, Alhambra was incredible. I am so glad that Anna convinced me to change our plans and go there!