Generalife, Granada, Spain

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Date: Dec, 2014
Location: Generalife, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

 

The Palacio de Generalife (pronunced “hen-e-ra-leaf-ae” and meaning the Architect’s Garden) was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid Emirs of the Emirate of Granada.

Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, the Generalife was designed as a rural villa in the vicinity of the Alhambra with decorative gardens, fruit and vegetable patches, courts and other structures.

The entrance to the Generalife is interesting for two reasons. On the one hand, its exterior part is rural, befitting a country house more than a palace; on the other hand, various courts had to be traversed at different levels in order to reach the interior of the palace itself.

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