Any famous monument that is hidden hides secrets that not many know. The Alhambra in Granada is not just any monument, it has a lot of history and is an icon of Spain. Therefore, we wanted to share with you some curiosities that will surprise you. Do you stay with us?
1. Curiosities of the Alhambra of Granada: his name is full of colorThe Alhambra - Marques
The Alhambra is a name that comes from the Arabic 'al-hamra' which means 'the red one'. It was built as a fortress and was given the name of 'red fortress' because of the color of the brick that the Arabs used at that time.
There is another speculation regarding his name, and that is it could be the feminine one of Abu al-Ahmar, which means Red. This was the conqueror of Granada land and was easily recognized for his redhead beard. It was, on the other hand, who ordered the construction of the Alhambra in Granada.
2. It is a solar clock
It is the largest sundial in the world. It was built with the characteristic that anyone who lived there could know the day that is according to how the sun entered the rooms.
Y the shadow created in these would determine what time of day it was. Thus, while on one side of the palace the rooms were in the sun, the others were full of shade.
3. Why was the Courtyard of the Lions made?Courtyard of the Lions - Cezary Wojtkowski / Shutterstock.com
Lions have never been a symbol for Arabs, but rather for the Romans. Would you like to know why the courtyard of the Lions was built? Well we do not know.
There are many things that are known about this wonderful source, such as there are twelve lions, which could mean that each one represents a zodiac sign. The ends of the courtyard are set according to the four cardinal points and there is also an inscription that mentions Solomon's temple. Do you see any relationship between all this?
What is clear is that the source was a review of the power that the Sultan had, due to the references made in the courtyard to the source of life and the four rivers of paradise spoken of in the Koran.
4. Witnessed a massacreAbencerrajes Room - kompasstudio
Although everything seems to be peace within the Alhambra in Granada, this it was the scene of a massacre in the Abencerrajes room. This lineage was known for creating revolts and being traitors.
Muley Hacén discovered one of them climbing a wall to be seen clandestinely with his beloved, which was of the royal lineage. The Sultan took it as an unforgivable offense and slaughtered the 36 main members of the abencerrajes.
5. Do you know that you can conquer Granada?
The legend says that of the four doors that are in Granada, the door of Justice is the one that gives power to govern. However, it is said that there was no gentleman who could touch his top because of his greatness. So if someone could touch their top with a spear, it would be the new 'sultan' of Granada. You want to try?
6. It was the tomb of Isabel the CatholicThe Alhambra - Marques
The Moors and Christians have little to do, but here was the tomb of Queen Elizabeth. She was so amazed by the palatial complex that she asked to be buried there in anonymity.However, Carlos V later decided to move it to the cathedral of Granada.
7. It was delivered, not conquered
Boabdil surrendered to the pressure of the Christians and ended up yielding and 'giving away' his most precious treasure. His mother, who served as the first lady, was not proud of her son's attitude.
In their escape, when they were going near the city for a place that today is known as El Suspiro del Moro, Boabdil sighed when he last admired his precious Alhambra in Granada and his mother recriminated him in this way:
"Cry like a woman what you have not known how to defend as a man."
Do you need more reasons to pay a visit to the Alhambra in Granada? It is a spectacular complex with a thousand stories to tell.