At the bottom of the Sierra Nevada, the province’s capital city, Granada, with its strategic location, is the result of the fusion of western and eastern civilisations. The capital of the former Nasrid kingdom, the old city preserves the urban atmosphere with picturesque areas. The Alhambra, one of the most fascinating monumental sites in the world, dominates the city.
Al-Suqundi, 13th century: "Granada is the Damascus of Al-Andalus, a pasture for the eyes, an elevation of the soul. It has an in-expugnable castle of tall walls and magnificent buildings. It stands out for the singularity of its river, which disseminates through its houses, baths, Moorish markets, internal and external mills and gardens". Víctor Hugo, 19th century: "Be it near or far, Spanish or Arabic, There is not one single city, Which dare dispute, With Granada, the beautiful, The prize of beauty, Nor any that show, With more enchantment or jollity, Brighter eastern sparkles, Under a more serene sky". Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, 19th century: "Who has not heard of and admired Granada without even visiting it?".
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