On the way to the Alcazaba we passed this horseshoe arch, a Moorish architectural innovation that allowed a greater height than the semicircular arch used by the Greeks and Romans. From the bottom of the reddish arch, the horseshoe arch widens before narrowing to form the arch. Resembling a prayer niche in a mosque, the horseshoe arch symbolizes a door to Mecca or paradise.
Here’s the entrance to the Alcazaba, the fortress protecting the Alhambra. The trees with the deep pink flowers are cercis siliquastrum, related to California’s cercis occidentalis. Both have profuse pink flowers in the spring.
The Alcazaba, with extensive walls and towers, has a commanding position above Granda.
Despite being in southern Spain, the Sierra Nevada Mountains have snow due their high elevation, up to 3400 m. Sierra Nevada means snowy mountain range.
From the Alcazaba we went to the Palacios Nazaries.