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The History Of Granada

Author : Andrew McFarlane


The city of Granada is the nerve centre of the prefecture known by the same name. It is found in the eastern region of the province Andalusia with its physical landscape exemplified by picturesque vista of diverse elements of geography alongside flora and fauna. The coast of Granada is synonymous with warm climatic conditions that make the thriving of vegetation on the lush and prolific plain of Genil easy.

The adjacent mountainous region on the other hand is known for its relatively cooler climate owing to the highest peak of the peninsula of Spain, the Mulhacen. The pinnacle rises to 3481 metres above the sea level. The slopes of the neighbouring mountains of the Sierra Nevada are scenic with the convergence of River Darro and the Genil River.

The vicinity of the metropolis is scenic with a number of towns surrounding it and forming part of the old locality where the provinces of Alhambra and Albaicin were established much later. The vista of the old districts also encompasses precipitous but accessible contracted boulevards and gorgeous corners among other awe-inspiring sites. The contemporary expanse of the city is found on the expansive plains that host the hefty tributaries of the Calle de los Reyes Católicos and Gran via de Colón. It is also on these plains that hectic avenues in the region of the Cathedral are sited.

History states that the Moors traversed the strait of Gibraltar in the year 711 AD and set up settlements in the small town of Visigoth located on top of the Alhambra hill. It was then that they put up walls as well as the foundation of the future prospective Moorish civilisation. Granada came under full control of the Moors in the year 1238 subsequent to the tumbling of Caliphate of Córdoba. This saw Mohammed bens Nasar establish the Nasrid Empire increasing the coverage of the kingdom of Granada from the Straits of Gibraltar to Murcia. Two centuries down the line, the Nasrid Empire was conquered by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Nonetheless, under the reign of the Moors, Granada had developed an outstanding Islamic way of life which is exhibited by scores of architectural works of geniuses such as the Albaicín, the Caliber of the Alhambra and Generalife, all of which have been declared World Heritage Sites.

The contemporary city of Granada is among the world's most frequented cities by tourists. The city brings forth numerous opportunities for fun filled vacations. When taking a trip to Granada, it is worthwhile to make a stopover in the city of Barcelona to make the most out of your vacation in Spain.


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