The Alhambra, Granada
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The Alhambra remains Spain's best known historic building.
The Moors began constructing the Alhambra in the 1240s as
both a palace and fortress, high above Grenada. It ultimately
became the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, nearly 800
years after the Moors had launched their lightning invasion
The end of Moorish rule finally came in 1492, when King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella moved into the Alhambra.
And it was from the Alhambra that the Catholic monarchs
issued their edicts forcing all Moslems and Jews to leave
The Moors had been far more tolerant of both Christians and
Jews while they ruled Spain, during what became known as
the Golden Age. Now Spain would conquer the new world,
grow rich, and become known for its intolerance, as
symbolized by the Inquisition.
An example of Moorish architecture in the Alhambra.
These arches frame the Court of the Lions, the
Alhambra's signature design. It was the harem.
The Court of the Lions, named for its central fountain.
There are a total of 12 lions, which could represent months of
the year and/or signs of the zodiac. The Court of the Lions,
although built by the Moors, is now a symbol of Spain.
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