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Granada City - Fact 1 - Carmens

Moorish tones in the private walled patios and gardens of Granada
Moorish tones in the private walled patios and gardens of Granada

Granada City - Fascinating Fact 1 - Carmens

Nothing to do with Bizet´s opera, these are hillside townhouses with private walled gardens. They originate from Moorish times, and the design of the carmen expresses the Islamic idea of the inner paradise, a reflection of heaven. The Albaicin in Granada has many carmens, with a few open to visitors, such as the Carmen de la Victoria, on Cuesta del Chapiz. Its delightful multi-level garden features pebble mosaic floors, shady grottos and lush flora: bamboo, palm, cypress and pine trees; rose, honeysuckle and wisteria; and granada (pomegranate). It´s a university visitors´ residence, but ring the bell and they´ll let you wander round the peaceful, delightful gardens, with their Alhambra views.

 

 

  • Fact 1 - Carmens; nothing to do with Bizet´s opera, these are hillside townhouses.
  • Fact 2 - In 1981 a group of Spanish Muslims, mostly converts, launched plans for a brand new mosque in Granada.
  • Fact 3 - The intricate interiors of the Alhambra are as instructive as they are exquisite. Under Islamic law, no depictions of living beings.
  • Fact 4 - Visiting the ´´hammam´´ or public bathhouse was an essential pastime, both for hygiene and social reasons.
  • Fact 5 - Spain´s most famous 20th-century literary figure, Federico Garcia Lorca.
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