Patio de la Acequia

Generalife

We had afternoon tickets for the Alhambra, with a timed entrance to the Palacios Nazaries at 6:30. We purchased our tickets online about 3 weeks in advance, and all the earlier entry times were sold out. The Generalife is about a km from the Alcazaba and the Palacios Nazaries, so we started with the Generalife to minimize our walking.

The Patio de la Acequia, Patio of the Irrigation Ditch, is the best part of the Generalife.

Patio de la Acequia
Patio de la Acequia

This Patio combines several Moorish architectural features.

  • Columns. The columns are slim cylinders at the bottom, and carved arches connect the columns.
  • Water. According to “Fodor’s Spain”, the Koran describes paradise as “gardens underneath which rivers flow”. The 48-meter Patio has a pool and fountains running its length, and the sounds of the water fill the air. The photo below was taken at 1/320 sec, which stops the water drops at the top.
Patio de la Acequia fountains
Patio de la Acequia fountains
  • Cursive epiigraphy. This photo shows the far end of the Patio. See the cursive Arabic epigraphy above the arches and below the roof.
round columns and cursive epigraphy
round columns and cursive epigraphy

This mirador (vista point) with 3 arches has a marvelous view of the Palacio Nazaries and  Granada. Note the carving in the arches, the cursive epigraphy above the arches, and the decorated tile floor.

Palacios Nazaries and the Granada plain from the Generalife
Palacios Nazaries and the Granada plain from the Generalife

The Torre de Ismail commemorates a battle won by Ismail. See the carvings on the arches and wall and the windows above the arches.

Torre de Ismail
Torre de Ismail
Torre de Ismail
Torre de Ismail

Here’s the view of the Palacios, Granada, the Granada plain, distant mountains on the right, and the Patio de la Acequia below

Palacios Nazaries and the Granada plain from the Generalife
Palacios Nazaries and the Granada plain from the Generalife

After the Generalife, we went to the Alcazaba.

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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