El Albayzín (also Albaicín or El Albaicín) is a district of present day Granada, in the autonomous community of AndalusiaSpain, that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra.
It rises on a hill facing the Alhambra and many tourists journey into the Albayzin primarily for the spectactular views of the Alhambra from the viewing point by thechurch of San Nicolas.
Highlights within the area include the remains of an Arab bath complex, Granada's archeological museum, and the church of San Salvador, built on the remains of a Moorish mosque. The Albayzin also contains some original Moorish houses and a wide-range of restaurants, including several streets whose eateries are inspired byNorth Africa.

El Albayzín is a neighborhood in Granada close to La Alhambra that originates from the Medieval Morrish period.      The other day, Day 22 here in Spain, I walked through it with one of my directors.  It is truly a labyrinth, and I'm sure even the present day residents find themselves lost occasionally.  The neighborhood is also filled with beautiful graffiti, although it is hard to find down the winding sidewalks!
(you're going to see this photo again but it was a perfect way to start this post so....)

Looking down Calle Recogidas
doesnt the lays truck look a bit out of place?

not sure what it is about moss but I really cant get enough of it since ive been here.  it grows on everything, seemingly all over europe!

And since you all have been complaining about the lack of photos of me....

doing the "sarah" (my roommate...see below!)

the remains of a doorway to the gated alhambra.

que guay, no? (how cool, no?)

remains of a stone mill.  when the catholics took over the area from the moors they reused everything, which is why there is a stone mill making up this sidewalk/platformy thing.

with the overcast skies la alhambra looks almost intimidating!

remains of a well. wonder who went in the tiny door?

check out that sunset! bellisimo!

the garden of the Moorish mosque.  couldn't go past here as it closes early. the mosque is right next to the church of San Salvador, which was built right next to the mosque (towering over it) to reinforce the catholic reign over the muslim people.

about this photo--these three people and one or two other persons on segways were obnoxiously riding around in circles and taking facebook selfies while the rest of us were trying to get a good photo of this door and wall--another remains of the Moorish period.  the rock like things towards the top are actually weights that were used to calculate the weight of a good a person purchased, so people always hid them in the walls so they didnt have to pay in full.  anyway back to the segways--the people then tried to cut through the 90 degree turn through the tunnel you see in the foreground.  one person went through, but the next face planted mid turn....

a trippy pomergrante photo.
doesnt it just look beautiful at night!! i could die.

well thats the end.  now come visit me and have a look for yourself!!!


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