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Granada - Christmas 2016

Of course, it is always debatable what to see and experience in a city like Granada, but the Alhambra, the cathedral and the Albaicin, the Arab quarter, should be among the most obvious. Granada is an exciting city in Andalusia, which has a rich history and culture that reflects its Islamic, Christian and Jewish heritage. Some of the most famous sights in Granada are the Alhambra, a medieval Nasrid citadel and palace, the Capilla Real, where the Catholic monarchs are buried, and the Albaicín, the old Moorish quarter. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where you can enjoy nature and practice skiing. Granada is also known for its tapas bars, its street art and its university. The city has approx. 232,000 inhabitants.

Alhambra - Christmas 2019

Granada has a long and fascinating history spanning several centuries and civilizations. The city was founded by the Iberians in the 7th century BC. and was later conquered by the Romans, the Visigoths and the Muslims. Under Muslim rule, the city changed its name to Ilbira or Elvira and was part of various taifa kingdoms until it became the capital of the Nasrid Kingdom in 1238. It was the last Muslim state on the Iberian Peninsula, resisting the Christian kingdoms for nearly 250 years. During this period, Granada became a center of trade, culture and art, and the most famous monument in the city, the Alhambra, was built. Granada was finally conquered by the Catholic monarchs, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, in 1492, marking the end of the Reconquista. After that, the city was gradually transformed into a Christian city with the construction of churches, monasteries and palaces. Granada has preserved many traces of its past and is today one of the most visited cities in Spain.


The View from San Nicolás, Albaicín with The Alhambra in the background - Christmas 2022

Albaicín is a historic and picturesque neighborhood of Granada, located on a hill on the north side of the river Darro. It was the old Arab quarter founded in the 11th century by the Zirid dynasty that made Granada the capital of an independent kingdom. The neighborhood has preserved its medieval street plan and many of its Islamic monuments, such as mosques, baths and palaces.

The View from San Nicolás, Albaicín with The Alhambra in the background - Christmas 2022

It also has a rich Christian heritage, with churches, monasteries and carmenes (typical houses with gardens). The neighborhood is known for its charm, its atmosphere and its fantastic views of the Alhambra. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1994, along with the Alhambra and the Generalife.

Hotel El Ladron de Agua - Christmas 2026

If you want to stay close to the Alhambra and experience a bit of the Citys old atmosphere, Hotel El Ladron de Agua is a good choice for a few nights. Hotel El Ladron de Agua has a long and fascinating history. It was originally one of a series of early 16th-century noble houses that lined the River Darro opposite the Alhambra when Neo-Christian Granada was carved out from among the victors. Beautiful frescoes with Greek mythological themes (and, it is believed, hidden Masonic messages) were added to the facade in the early 20th century. Now, after significant renovation works were required, it mixes the traditional and the modern. Art is very much at the heart of the hotel: it derives its name and that of its rooms from works by the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez and the communal spaces in particular are covered in paintings.

The Cathedral in Granada - Wikipedia

The Cathedral of Granada is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Spain and an unmissable sight in the city. It is a Roman Catholic church that is the seat of the Archdiocese of Granada. It was built by Queen Isabella on the site of the city's main mosque, which later became the Church of Santa María de la O.

The Cathedral in Granada - October 2016

The cathedral was designed by Enrique Egas, but adapted to the Renaissance style by Diego de Siloé. Construction began in the early 16th century. It turned out to be a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece that was praised by writers and historians. Its exterior structure is Gothic. The main facade was designed by Alonso Cano. The interior of the church is Renaissance on a Gothic ground plan, with side chapels and a main chapel, a masterpiece of Siloé. The cathedral's treasure is kept in what used to be the chapter house. Today it contains jewelry and priceless treasures.

Katedralen i Granada - Oktober 2016

The Cathedral in Granada - October 2016

The cathedral's church organs date back to the 18th century - October 2016


Other sights in Granada:

Sacromonte, known as Granada's old Roma quarter, where bohemians, intellectuals, artists and all kinds of social outcasts have lived for several centuries, often in caves.

Basílica de San Juan de Dios,
which is one of the best examples of a Baroque church in Granada. The construction of the temple was begun in 1737 by Fray Alonso de Jesús y Ortega and was completed in 1759 thanks to the contributions of faithful followers. It is one of the most prominent Baroque temples in Spain and is the spiritual center of the Hospitaller Order of San Juan de Dios, now spread throughout the world.

Basilica virgen de las angustias, is located on Carrera de la Virgen. It is here that Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, the patron saint of the city, is worshipped. The basilica was built on a former hermitage from the beginning of the 16th century, where its confraternity was born (1545). It has been a parish church since 1609 by order of Archbishop D. Pedro de Castro. Its current temple, with a pronounced baroque character, was completed in 1671. Even then, the Virgin of Angustias was popularly considered the patron saint of Granada, which Pope Leo XIII confirmed in 1887. Since its origin, it has been a sanctuary open to pilgrimages by Grenadians and foreigners.



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