The Alhambra: Generalife

begun about 1260





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Although Generalife is sometimes translated as the "garden of paradise" or the "garden of feasts," the more correct translation is "garden of the architect." This area is a combination of flowers, trees, formal gardens, miradors, and galleries. It was used as a summer residence for the Nasrid kings. To reach the top, it is about a five minute walk from the palaces in the Alhambra through a lovely avenue of cypress trees--the lower garden.

 

Patio of the Acequia (or Court of the Long Pond)

There are porticoed pavilions on the north and south ends. This courtyard is a long garden with raised paths in the form of a cross with a fountain at the center intersection. The long pool also has many water sprays.

 

Details of the decoration of the pavilions

 
 

Details of the decoration of the pavilions

 
 
 


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