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Pampaneira in the Alpujarras of Granada

by Robert Bovington 

Pampaneira is an extremely photogenic location with narrow streets, a fine Gothic church with a wooden roof in Mudéjar style, and several cafes and shops, which though ‘touristy’ are nevertheless delightful. The view from the road leading down into the town is breathtaking with the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada forming an attractive backdrop.

 

Pampaneira © Robert Bovington


Andalucía – Granada province

snapshot of my ‘Andalucía – Granada province’ pinboard on Pinterest…

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more blogs…

“Spanish Impressions”

http://bobbovington.blogspot.com/

“postcards from Spain”

http://bovington-posts.blogspot.com/

“you couldn’t make it up!”

http://bovingtonycmitup.blogspot.com/

“a grumpy old man in Spain”

http://grumpybobbov.blogspot.com/

“bits and bobs”

http://bovingtonbitsandblogs.blogspot.com/

“Spanish Expressions”

http://spanishsayingsbovington.blogspot.com/

“Spanish Art”

http://bovingtonspanishart.blogspot.com/

“Books About Spain”

http://bovingtonbooks.blogspot.com/


Al-Andalus

by Robert Bovington

 In 711 an army of 7000 under the command of the Berber Tarik-ibn-Zehad crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and defeated Roderic the Visigothic King of Hispania. The Muslim armies swept through Hispania and conquered Toledo which was then the capital of the Visigothic kingdom. This marked the beginning of Muslim domination of a large chunk of the Iberian Peninsula.

The Lions Courtyard
Alhambra
photo: Robert Bovington

The Arabs named this vast region Al-Andalus. Initially it comprised five administrative areas roughly corresponding to Andalucía; Galicia and Portugal; Castile and Léon; Aragón and Catalonia; and Septimania which apparently was where the modern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon is located. So Al-Andalus was pretty big! At that juncture, Al-Andalus was merely a province of the Umayyad Caliphate of Damascus.

Over the centuries, Al-Andalus was ruled by varying Arab dynasties. For example, the Abbasid dynasty assassinated the Umayyads and seized power, and Al-Andalus became a kingdom also known as the Emirate of Córdoba (c. 750-929). Successively it became the Caliphate of Córdoba (929-1031); then a collection of Taifa kingdoms. The last of the Arab kingdoms was the Nasrid kingdom of Granada (1232-1492), which by then was merely the territories of Almería, Málaga, and Granada. This gradual yet massive reduction in the size of this once great kingdom was, of course, due to the Reconquest of Spain by the Christians. Al-Andalus ceased to exist in 1492 when Boabdil surrendered the city of Granada to the Catholic Monarchs.

an extract of my Pinterest pinboard ‘Al-Andalus’ is shown below…

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more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Part of my ‘Spanish Impressions’ pinboard on Pinterest…

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Spanish Impressions  pics…

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/spanish-impressions/

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Great Cities of Spain

Part of my ‘Great Cities of Spain’ pinboard on Pinterest…


Click on the following link to see more photos of the great cities of Spain:-

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/great-cities-of-spain/

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

 

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Granada in pictures

Part of my ‘Granada’ pinboard on Pinterest… 

Click on the following link to see more photos of Granada:

http://pinterest.com/robertbovington/granada/

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Granada

Granada is a city in the autonomous region of Andalucía, situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. It is one of the great cities of Spain if not the World.

When visiting Granada it is tempting to spend all one’s time admiring the Alhambra. From afar one can admire the beauty of its red walled parapets contrasting with the snow capped Sierra Nevada whilst once inside one can absorb oneself in the sheer splendour of its fantastic palaces and its tranquil gardens. However, Granada has much more to offer the visitor.

It is a city where both Moorish and Christian history is visible in art and architecture.

Moorish Granada is exemplified by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Alhambra, the Generalife and the Albaicín district whilst the Capilla Real and the Cathedral represent Christian Granada.

Granada - Alhambra

for more photographs of Granada click on the following link….

Robert Bovington
28 February 2012