Sonny Daze World Tour travel blog

Back to Spain and Andalucia where the Moors once ruled and bullfights and flamenco are the order of the day. The Alhambra was the highlight of my visit. I had to go there twice because I couldn't get enough.

The Alhambra was built in the mid-14th century by the Moorish Nasrid dynasty that ruled Granada at a time when most of Spain was in Muslim hands. Surprisingly, it is the world's only surviving example of a medieval Arab royal palace. The combination of interior courtyards, gardens, and water fountains utilizing the nature flow from the Sierra Nevadas is a beautiful example of the Arab approach to architecture.

But the sultan's life was not as pleasant as these surroundings suggest. Red Death, as the Moors called a violent end, stalked the Alhambra's halls. Of the first nine Nasrid sultans, one died in an accident, one was deposed, and the other seven were murdered by scheming rivals.

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