World Heritage #0314 – Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

Last updated Nov 9, 2019 | Published on Aug 3, 2012Southern Europe, Spain, World Heritage Sites

The Moors left their marks on southern Spain. Granada is both mythical and real.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: Spain

Date of Inscription: 1984

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 314:

“Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada. To the east of the Alhambra fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich repository of Moorish vernacular architecture, into which the traditional Andalusian architecture blends harmoniously.”


My visit

I came to Granada as the last stop of a tour of Andalusia. The town itself is not so interesting but the Albaicín and in particular the Alhambra are absolutely wonderful places. The Nasrid Palace inside the Alhambra is out of this world. Splendid.

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