Granada, Spain | C.1238

Photo Credit: Nic Hilditch-Short

The Alhambra is the most-visited tourist attraction in all of Spain. A look at its history, preservation, and beauty makes it clear why it attracts millions of visitors a year. The palace and its fortress are considered one of the most notable and best-preserved monuments of Islamic architecture in the world. The palace was established in 1238 by the last Muslim state of Al-Andalus, Muhammad I Ibn al-Ahmar. The Alhambra, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, has seen many notable events in its almost-800 year history, including serving as the site where Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand greenlit Christopher Columbus’ plan to hit the ocean blue in 1492.

Written By: Ellie Hoffman

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