Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spain's El Generalife, Granada

Photo Copyright © Alice Joyce
The Nasrid Palaces  -  Inside the gracefully proportioned halls of the Nasrid palaces, a spell is cast by vast sweeps of rhythmically carved motifs, covering plaster walls and soaring wooden ceilings. The visual feast is heightened by the carvings known as muqarnas: A unique tiered ornamentation that adorns countless domes, vaults, niches, and at times emerges in the shape of stalactites. 

El Generalife
Positioned high above the surrounding river valleys,, the Moorish-designed royal gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife manifest the ideals of an earthly paradise in sheltered courtyards cooled by shallow marble fountains or mirror-like pools of water. Providing an escape from the intense Mediterranean sun the gardens are replete with luxuriant vegetation; cypress, myrtle, and box shrubbery; abundant citrus, plum and magnolia trees. A floral perfume sweetens the air of the Generalife, where peering through arches sculpted out of massive, architectural hedges, you'll savor images of canals flanked by rose allees.

1 comment:

  1. I am loving your posts on Spain, and this particular photo of the Generalife is meaningful to me. One of the high points of my life was to be alone at that point in the Generalife.