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Reales Alcazares

This place is still used by the Spanish royal family from time to time, but most of it is on public display. It was a Moorish fortress with beautiful gardens and a hall of justice that you might not want to get hauled into. It was in this alcazar that Queen Isabella received Christopher Columbus when he returned from his first successful voyage to the new world.

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Tapestries

The hall of tapestries is very cool, as the tapestries commemorate the voyages.

One shows the ships landing, another shows a map of the world with little ships sailing on the Mar Atlantico toward a mysterious mountainous and cloud-covered land.

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I have also included a detail (5) of the incredible tile wainscoting in the hall of tapestries. Beautiful tiles were everywhere in the alcazar and the gardens.

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Alhamba - Alcazar
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La Plaza Nueva
Catedral de Granada

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