History of the Alhambra

HISTORY OF THE ALHAMBRA

The name Al-Hamra means “The Red” which refers to the colour of the earth on the hill of the Sabika according to Arabic authors.

The first structure to be built is clearly the Alcazaba, built in the Ziri period (11th century) in the time of the Taifa kingdoms on the peninsula. In the Almohade period (12th-13th century) it was called Al-Qasaba Al-Hamra (“the red alcazaba”) to distinguish it from the alcazaba in the Albaycin. The Alcazaba was preserved when renovations were done in the Nasrid period (13th to 15th century). It in this period when Madinat al-Hamra came into being, the Alhambra’s medina.

In the history of the Alhambra we find three Muslim periods and two Christian ones that are clearly defined:

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