Meanings of Alhambra

By | August 10, 2020

Alhambra is a term that is not part of the dictionary prepared by the Digopaul. This is the name given to a citadel built by the Muslims in Al-Andalus, as the Iberian territory dominated by this town in the Middle Ages was known.

The Alhambra is located in what is currently Granada, a Spanish province that is part of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. The notion comes from Al-Hamrá, an Arabic expression that can be translated as “red castle”. This is due to the tonality of its walls and towers.

Located on the al-Sabika hill, next to the Darro river, the Alhambra is located in the eastern part of the city of Granada. Its location is strategic since it allowed to monitor the region.

The construction of this citadel was developed in different historical stages. The first records of its existence date from the 9th century, although specialists believe that, prior to the arrival of the Muslims, there were already buildings on the hill.

When, in the eleventh century, Granada became the capital city of the Kingdom of Taifa, the Alhambra began to grow. In 1283 it became a royal residence and later palaces and other luxurious buildings were erected.

The Alcazaba, the Generalife, the Palace of Charles V, Nazari palaces and various courtyards and towers are part of the whole of the Alhambra, a monument that is included in the list of the World Heritage prepared by the UNESCO.

In addition to everything indicated, we can highlight another important series of data about this emblematic construction:
-It is considered one of the most relevant monuments in the country as well as one of the most visited next to the Mosque of Córdoba, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Seville Cathedral.
-In particular, we can emphasize that one of the most special places to enjoy panoramic views of the Alhambra is from what is known as the Albaicín.
-The Convent of San Francisco, the courtyard of the cypresses, the room of the two sisters or the room of the abencerrajes are some of the most attractive spaces of this construction. However, without a doubt, one of the most emblematic images of it is the well-known courtyard of the lions, where a fountain with these animals presides over it. It comes to symbolize life.
-The Alhambra has inspired many artists. A good example of this is the work “Tales of the Alhambra” (1832), written by the American author Washington Irving. In it, several stories and tales are developed, both on the vision of that of the aforementioned corner of Granada and of the legends that exist around it.

In the same way, we cannot forget that there is also the Cervezas Alhambra brand, which was founded in 1925 precisely in Granada. At the moment it is within the Mahou-San Miguel group and offers a long list of varieties of that drink: Alhambra Especial, Alhambra Negra, Alhambra Tradicional.