Perched on a hilly terrace on the southern edge of Granada, Spain, Alhambra is an ancient palace and fortress complex with stunning frescoes and interior details. The Alhambra Palace was first constructed in the mid-1300s for the last Muslim Emirs (kings) in Spain and the Nasrid Dynasty. Later, in the 16th century, Alhambra Palace was renovated and modified for King Charles V. As a result, European features mingle with some of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in world.
In the characteristic style of the Mudéjar (Muslims who remained in Europe), Alhambra Palace incorporates many traditional Islamic details:
- Column arcades
- Reflecting pools
- Geometrical patterns
- Arabic inscriptions
- Painted tiles
For many centuries, Alhambra Palace was neglected. Scholars and archaeologists began restorations in the nineteenth century, today the Palace is a major tourist attraction. Along with the Generalife summer palace in Granada, Alhambra Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2007, Alhambra Palace was also named a finalist in a campaign to designate New 7 Wonders of the World.