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THIS ANCIENT CITY OF SULTANS IS A 21ST CENTURY WONDER

 

Alhambra, Granada

This article was published in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine on 04.02.2022!

In Spain, Granada preserves treasures from the past. But trendy hotspots and a new ecopark have this city looking to the future.

Returning to the Alhambra is like rereading a book. The hilltop citadel built by the Nasrid sultans above Granada, in Spain's autonomous Andalusia region, was a masterpiece of medieval engineering, but also of literature—poetry and philosophy expressed in dream-like architecture. Verses, blessings, and ruminations were etched into its facades so the structure would seem to speak.

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