There is no reference to the Alhambra as being a residence of kings, until the 13th century, even though a fortress had existed since the 9th century. The first kings of Granada, the Zirites, had their castles and palaces on the hills of the Albaicin, and nothing remains of them. The Nasrites were the emirs that built the Alhambra, starting in 1238.
The complex of palaces; this residence of the kings of Granada was constructed from the ruins of the former fortress, by the founder of the dynasty, Alhamar, who commenced work in the thirteenth century. Mostly the buildings that have survived however, date from the fourteenth century.
The Alhambra became a Christian court in 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs (Ferdinand and Isabel) conquered the city of Granada.
A Week in Spain
On Saturday morning, we went to Granada’s Plaza Del Toros; to have a look at the Bull Ring. There was no fight on at this time of day and the arena was closed; for cleaning. I asked the janitor who was hosing down the dust, if we could have a look inside. He very kindly agreed and let us in to have a look around.
“EL TOREO ES TORTURA NI ES NI ARTE NI CULTURA”
Just recently, I flew to Malaga with a friend and we transferred to Granada by bus. I then spent a week in Granada photographing the city and the Al Hambra; with its imposing walls. What lay outside these walls was a beautiful and vibrant city with a lot of atmosphere. The temperatures were some days in the forties and this was pretty hard to bear. But with its love of fountains and stunning architecture and not forgetting the people – Granada offers a great opportunity to the photographer.