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The Alhambra in granada is a palace and fortress complex of the Moorish, located on a strategic point on a a hilly terrace with a view over the whole city and the meadow. It was the residence of the Muslim Kings of Granada and their court, but is currently a Museum exhibiting exquisite Islamic Architecture. Its one of the main tourist attractions in spain and it was one of the 21 finalists of the New 7 Wonders.
The alhambra is surrounded by ramparts and has an irregular shape. It is one of rare natural beauty; the plateau commands a wide view of the city and plain of Granada and of the heights of the Sierra Nevada.
Yusuf I and Mohammed V are responsible for most of the constructions of the Alhambra that we can still admire today. The design included plans for six palaces, five of which were grouped in the northeast quadrant forming a royal quarter, two circuit towers, and numerous bathhouses, Columns, muqarnas and stalactite-like ceiling decorations, appear in several chambers, and the interiors of numerous palaces are decorated with arabesques and calligraphy. During the reign of the Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra was transformed into a palatine city complete with an irrigation system composed of acequias for the gardens of the Generalife located outside the fortress. Most of the Palace buildings are, in ground-plan, quadrangular, with all the rooms opening on to a central court; and the whole reached its present size simply by the gradual addition of new quadrangles, designed on the same principle, though varying in dimensions, and connected with each other by smaller rooms and passages.