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From Albolote to Granada, “El Cortijo del Aire” will allow you to enjoy a great home, with all the privileges within your reach and surrounded by modern technology that will make your life easier. But it is not only a quality home on sale: it is also a property that is only 6 kilometres away from the city of Granada.
Granada, city which its own town hall describes as:
“There is no population in the western world about which things have been written, simultaneously, with both historical accuracy and inventiveness as Granada.
There are many corners of Granada to explore, but there are a few essentials:
The history of the Alhambra is tied to its geographical location, Granada. Over a rocky hill of difficult access, by the banks of the Darro river, protected by the mountains and surrounded by forest, inbetween the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, the Alhambra rises as an imposing of reddish hues on its walls that hide the delicate beauty of its interior.
Initially conceived as a military area, the Alhambra was then used as royal and court residence halfway through the 13th century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace by the founding king Mohammed Ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, usually known as Alhamar.
Throughout the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, the fortress turns into a citadel of high walls and defensive towers that encompasses two main areas: the military zone or Alcazaba, the royal guard’s headquarters; and the medina quarter, where the famous Nasrid palaces and the rest of noble and commoner residences were located. The Palace of Charles V, which is built after the city is taken in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs, is also in the medina quarter.
The monumental ensemble also includes an independent palace in front of the Alhambra, surrounded by plantations and gardens, which was the place of relaxation for the monarchs of Granada, the Generalife.
It occupies the slopes of the Cerro del Sol (“Hill of the Sun”). The meaning behind the name has several interpretations: Garden of the Foreman, of the Arquitect, etc. The Generalife was used as a place of recreation for the monarchs when they wanted to escape from the palace life.
It was built halfway through the 13th century and according to an inscription dating back to 1319, the king Abu I-Walid Isma’il (1313-1324) redecorated it, which makes it older than the Tower of Comares. Despite its proximity to the Alhambra and the close relationship between both ensembles, it was considered to be outside the city, and a rebellion even sparked in the Alhambra against Mohammed V while he was in the Generalife.
In present day, the Generalife is composed of two building ensembles, connected by the Patio de la Acequia (“Courtyard of the Canal”).
However, it is difficult to imagine the original look of the Generalife, given that it underwent modifications and reconstructions during the whole of the Christian era, and though mainly necessary due to the state of abandon and deterioration in which it was found during the last Muslim era, these modifications disfigured many of its aspects.
In the construction of the Generalife, we cannot find an excess of decoration or great architectural pieces. Contrary to the Alhambra, the building of the Generalife, although solid, is overall very poor and simple, which emphasizes the air of intimacy and calm that the monarchs were looking for when they retired to their gardens. We only find plaster motifs of little variety, but of extreme finesse and good taste.
Albaicín and Sacromonte.
The Albaicín (World Heritage Site) and the Sacromonte are two of the most colourful, enchanting and historical neighbourhoods in Granada.
Strolling through the Albaicín is embarking on a journey back to one’s Moorish roots aside from a great delight for one’s senses. Traversing its narrow and jasmine-scented streets, admiring the gardens of the “cármenes” (the typical home) or accompanying an aromatic tea with a delicious Arab cake; these are experiences that the visitor cannot overlook. On the inside, beautiful gardens, vegetable gardens and fruit trees make the “cármenes” little farmhouses. From this neighbourhood there are beautiful views of the Alhambra, of the city and the meadow – as we can see from, for example, the St. Nicholas and St. Christopher overlooks.
The neighbourhood of the Sacromonte is famous for its caves, in which gypsies continue celebrating their evenings of flamenco songs and dance. This is the settlement of the gypsies that accompanied the troops of the Catholic Monarchs when the city was conquered. The artisans worked with wicker, the forge and copper, and artists established the roots of flamenco. This is where the traditional zambra was born, with indigenous dances and songs like the mosca or the cachucha.
The main monument of the Sacromonte is the abbey, where relics and testimonies from the first Christians of Granada are preserved; among those, the testimony of the first bishop of the city: St. Cecil. The Center of Interpretation of the Sacromonte also allows one to know about the neighbourhood’s history with more depth.
The Realejo: Field of the Prince.
The Realejo is one of the most tourist neighbourhoods of Granada, even if its name is not as famous as the Albaicín or Sacromonte. It is located on the old Jewish quarter of the Muslim era, when it was known as Garnata-al-Yahud.
It is a neighbourhood of steep slopes but it is worthy of a visit, given that it contains monuments of great beauty like the Torres Bermejas (“Auburn Towers”), Carmen de los Mártires (“Carmen of the Martyrs”), the Church of St. Domingo, Casa de los Tiros, the Shrine of St. Sebastian and the Alcázar Genil.
One of the most important plazas in the Realejo is the Field of the Prince, which is located over the old Muslim graveyard. The plaza was built in 1497 to celebrate the wedding of Juan, son of Isabella and Ferdinand, after getting married in Cantabria. The focus of the plaza is the jasper and alabaster statue of Cristo de los Favores (“Christ of the Favors”). It was paid by the residents of the High Realejo and it was installed in 1640.
Between 1679 and 1682, the entire province of Granada was devastated by the bubonic plague. Fortunately, the Realejo was the least affected neighbourhood, which people believed it was due to the fact that people prayed before the statue. Such was the devotion to the statue that Archbishop Fray Bernardo de los Ríos Guzmán declared that everybody reciting the Lord’s Prayer and Hail Mary would be granted forty days of pardon. Nowadays, every Good Friday, a crowd of people gather around the statue at 3 PM to ask for three wishes.
Located in the center of the city and entered through the Gran Vía, it is considered the first church of the Renaissance in Spain. The building was started in 1505, following plans by Enrique Egas, but it was soon changed to match the Renaissance style by Diego de Siloé.
The cathedral, of five naves with ambulatory transept, was initially conceived by Egas as a Gothic project. The continuation of this work by Diego de Siloé, 1563 and onwards, turns the cathedral into one of the greatest examples of Purism in Spain.
The Major Chapel is the most important part of the church not only because of its vast size, but also because of its fidelity to the idea of the Renaissance, visible in its centralized plan, the splendid dome and the great archway that would have been the entrance to the emperor’s tomb.
In Granada we can also enjoy visiting the two most historical monasteries: the Monastery of the Cartuja and that of St. Jerome, as well as the Royal Chapel.