163. Alcazaba

Thank you to all who have replied to the poll in my previous entry! I will get back to you with the details soonest, inshaAllah! 🙂

Now a quick Alhambra post before I leave for school!

The Alcazaba, a fortress, is the oldest part of the Alhambra. It is thought that before it was built and before the Muslims arrived to Granada, there were already several constructions in the same area. The first historical reference to the existence of the Alcazaba dates from the 9th century and it is believed that it was then built by Sawwar ben Hamdun during the fights between Muslims and muwalladins [Christians who converted to the Islam and lived among the Muslims].

The current complex was built by Mohammed I, who constructed the ramparts around the previous castle, defences and three new towers: The Broken Tower (Torre Quebrada), the Keep (Torre del Homenaje) and the Watch Tower (Torre de la Vela). As a consequence, the Alcazaba became a real fortress, where the king established the royal residence. His son Mohammed II also had his residence in the Alcazaba, until the palaces were finished. From then on, the Alcazaba was only used as a fortress for military purposes.


I didn’t get to take many pictures of the Alcazaba because this was when my camera’s battery decided to die on me! And if you remember this entry from way back, you’d know that my little misadventure on my first night in Granada meant I wouldn’t be able to charge my camera until I got back to Manchester! 😛

Anywayyy, I’d climbed all the way up the highest tower of the fortress and I’ve got to say, it’s one of my favourite viewpoints in the complex!

The view of the sprawling city of Granada and the majestic Sierra Nevarra mountains was breathtaking! Definitely made the tedious climb up all the more worthwhile. (:

Alright, better rush off to school now! (:

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