Granda Cathedral: Opulence from Spain’s post-Columbus hey day. Seems like God isn’t the only thing being worshipped here.
Alhambra: “the red city.” Muslim’s finest rivals Spain’s (see above) and totally worth the visit. Hot tip: If you don’t book the ticket ahead of time, get the Bono Turistico Pass. You skip the line up, get to see lots of other sights for free, and can get into the Palaces Nazareces last minute.
Gorgeous paint remnants.
According to the fantastic guide book The Alhambra and Generalife In Focus,
The artistic intention of the rhythmic repetition of the arabesque design is very different form that of figurative art; it might be said to be the contrary. It doesn’t try to imprison the gaze and direct it to some imaginary world but rater frees it from all the impediments of thought and imagination, in the same way as when we look at running water, falling snowflakes or flames up the chimney.
It produces in us no fixed idea, just an existential condition, a feeling of tranquility combine with an inner sense of vitality. It is abstract art, but nothing about it owes its origin to a struggle between the subjective and the conscious; it obeys the precepts of total consciousness alone.
This fountain is a reproduction of the original. Expert tour guide Rick Steves added a story left out in official guides: Conquering Christians disassembled the fountain to see how it works and it’s never worked since.
Alhambra from the San Nicolas viewpoint.
Enjoying the view and impromptu plaza party at San Nicolas.