Granada and Alhamra Part Two

Jewish people who has came to Andalusia back in the day of Phoenicians had also settled in Granada. Jewish people had settled in the south of Al Hamra Palace and called the area as Garnatha. Garnatha is actually Hebrew which means hilly place. The same place called as Gırnata by Arabs while it is called as Granada by Spanish. Granada in Spanish means “ pomegranate”.

Not as much as the Jewish people, gypsies also are the old ones here. But, gypsies had settled in northern east of Al Baicin, on Sacromonte hill. It had been called as Gitanos which means gypsy, as being called now. Gypsies who had been living in knapped rock houses, are now living in little white houses. Nowadays, there held Flemenco dance shows in these old houses. We had joined such a show with my friends wearing the Flemenco dresses we bought for a memoir from Granada. The dancers had invited us to the floor.  We enjoyed a lot but our performance was super lame. 

The most running streets in the center of Granada are Elvira and Gran Via Streets. The historical cathedral with steeples is absolutely to be seen. It has been The Big Mosque of Gırnata by the time it was collapsed by a command of Queen Isabella. Then, the Crown Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral had been built on this field. In this very building, there are belongings of the crown family, the graves of King Ferdinand, Queen Isabella and their daughter and son-in-law.

The little buildings next to the cathedral are the shops of bazaar remained from the time of Andalusian Muslıms. This bazaar has also a special entrance. It reminds us the bazaars in Egypt and Tunusia with its narrow streets. It has remained from the Roman period. It was built for trade, but damaged by the fire in 19th century. Then, some renovations had been done for the outer part.

The other important work from Andalusian period in Granada is the Corral del Carbon, the only caravanserai still extant in Spain. In 16th and the 17th centuries, there has been the center of theatre shows for a time. It is now being used as a tourism office, and sometimes in summer nights there held Flemenco dance shows.

Queen Isabel has the important role in Spanish history. In the middle of 15th century, She had married with the Prince of Aragon, Ferdinand by convincing the priest ,instead of getting married with the person who was chosen by her father. With this marriage, Princedoms of Castilia and Aragon had became merged. The Spanish Unity which has became more stronger with the participation of other princedoms, had sounded the death knell for Arabs in Andalusia. Isabel was entitled as “Dirty Isabel”; because she said she wouldn’t take a bath until Granada has surrendered right after Granada was occupied.

Student population of Granada is quite considerable. Besides that, there are many language schools fro the people coming from abroad to learn Spanish. That being the case, night life in Granada is dynamic, as well.

We went into a bar here. Comes out the owner was Turkish. Two brothers had moved here years ago. They run the bar together in Granada.

Granada is one of the cities to be seen for its history, its architecture and its warm people. This city can be visited for only the Al Hamra Palace.

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