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GRANADA (/ɡrəˈnɑːdə/ , Spanish: , locally ) is the capital city of the province of Granada
Granada
, in the autonomous community of Andalusia , Spain
Spain
. Granada
Granada
is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Beiro , the Darro , the Genil and the Monachil . It sits at an average elevation of 738 m (2,421 ft) above sea level , yet is only one hour by car from the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
coast, the Costa Tropical . Nearby is the Sierra Nevada Ski Station , where the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 were held.

In the 2005 national census , the population of the city of Granada proper was 236,982, and the population of the entire urban area was estimated to be 472,638, ranking as the 13th-largest urban area of Spain. About 3.3% of the population did not hold Spanish citizenship, the largest number of these people (31%; or 1% of the total population) coming from South America
South America
. Its nearest airport is Federico García Lorca
Federico García Lorca
Granada-Jaén Airport .

The Alhambra
Alhambra
, a Moorish
Moorish
citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic
Islamic
historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada
Granada
a popular destination among the touristic cities of Spain. The Almohad
Almohad
influence on architecture is also preserved in the Granada
Granada
neighborhood called the Albaicín with its fine examples of Moorish
Moorish
and Morisco construction. Granada
Granada
is also well-known within Spain
Spain
for the University of Granada
University of Granada
which has about 80,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city. The pomegranate (in Spanish, granada) is the heraldic device of Granada.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history * 1.2 Founding * 1.3 Nasrid dynasty— Emirate of Granada

* 1.4 Reconquista by the Christian Spanish from Muslim
Muslim
Spanish, and the 16th century

* 1.4.1 Legacy

* 2 Heritage and monuments

* 2.1 The Alhambra
Alhambra
* 2.2 Generalife * 2.3 Cathedral
Cathedral
* 2.4 Royal Chapel
Chapel
* 2.5 Albayzín
Albayzín
* 2.6 Sacromonte * 2.7 Charterhouse * 2.8 Other buildings

* 3 Districts

* 3.1 Realejo * 3.2 Cartuja * 3.3 Bib-Rambla * 3.4 Sacromonte * 3.5 Albayzín
Albayzín
* 3.6 Zaidín

* 4 Parks and gardens in Granada
Granada
* 5 Climate * 6 Notable people

* 7 Transport

* 7.1 Bus * 7.2 Train * 7.3 Taxi * 7.4 Airport

* 8 Sports * 9 Twin towns and sister cities * 10 See also

* 11 References

* 11.1 Sources

* 12 External links

HISTORY

See also: Granada chronology Arco/Puerta de Elvira in Granada
Granada
Historic map of Granada
Granada
by Piri Reis
Piri Reis

EARLY HISTORY

Main article: Hispania
Hispania

The region surrounding what today is Granada
Granada
has been populated since at least 5500 BC and experienced Roman and Visigothic influences. The most ancient ruins found in the city belongs to an Iberian oppidum called Ilturir, in the region known as Bastetania . This oppidum eventually changed its name to Iliberri, and after the Roman conquest of Iberia, to Municipium Florentinum Iliberitanum.

FOUNDING

Main article: Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus

The Umayyad conquest of Hispania
Hispania
, starting in AD 711, brought large parts of the Iberian Peninsula under Moorish
Moorish
control and established Al-Andalus. In the early 11th century, after a civil war that ended the Caliphate, the Berber Zawi ben Ziri established an independent kingdom for himself, the Taifa of Granada , with Illiberis as its capital. Jewish people were established in another area close to Illiberis, called Gárnata or Gárnata al-Yahūd (" Granada
Granada
of the Jews"). Granada's historical name in the Arabic language
Arabic language
was غرناطة (Ġarnāṭah).

The word Gárnata (or Karnatah) possibly means "hill of strangers". Because the city was situated on a low plain and, as a result, difficult to protect from attacks, the ruler decided to transfer his residence to the higher situated area of Gárnata. In a short time this town was transformed into one of the most important cities of Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus
. By the end of the 11th century, the city had spread across the Darro to reach the hill of the future Alhambra, and included the Albayzín
Albayzín
neighborhood (also called "Albaicín" or "El Albaicín", now a World Heritage site
World Heritage site
). The Almoravids ruled Granada from 1090 and the Almohad
Almohad
dynasty from 1166.

NASRID DYNASTY—EMIRATE OF GRANADA

Main articles: Nasrid dynasty and Emirate of Granada Coat of arms of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada in the Palacio de Comares room in the Alhambra.

In 1228, with the departure of the Almohad
Almohad
prince, Idris al-Ma\'mun , who left Iberia to take the Almohad
Almohad
leadership, the ambitious Ibn al-Ahmar established the last and longest reigning Muslim
Muslim
dynasty in the Iberian peninsula, the Nasrids . With the Reconquista in full swing after the conquest of Córdoba in 1236, the Nasrids aligned themselves with Fernando III of Castile , officially becoming the Emirate of Granada in 1238. According to some historians, Granada
Granada
was a tributary state to the Kingdom of Castile
Kingdom of Castile
since that year. It provided connections with Muslim
Muslim
and Arab trade centers, particularly for gold from sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb
Maghreb
, and exported silk and dried fruits produced in the area. The Nasrids also supplied troops from the Emirate and mercenaries from North Africa
North Africa
for service to Castile.

Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta
, a famous traveler and an authentic historian, visited the Kingdom of Granada
Granada
in 1350. He described it as a powerful and self-sufficient kingdom in its own right, although frequently embroiled in skirmishes with the Kingdom of Castile
Kingdom of Castile
. If it was really a vassal state, it was contrary to the policy of the Reconquista to allow it to flourish for almost two centuries and a half after the fall of Sevilla in 1248.

During the Moor rule, Granada
Granada
was a city with adherents to many religions and ethnicities ( Arabs
Arabs
, Berbers
Berbers
, Christians
Christians
and Jews
Jews
) who lived in separate quarters.

RECONQUISTA BY THE CHRISTIAN SPANISH FROM MUSLIM SPANISH, AND THE 16TH CENTURY

The Capitulation of Granada
Granada
by F. Padilla: Muhammad XII before Ferdinand and Isabella (circa 1882).

On January 2, 1492, the last Muslim
Muslim
ruler in Iberia, Emir Muhammad XII , known as Boabdil to the Spanish, surrendered complete control of the Emirate of Granada to Fernando V and Isabella I , Los Reyes Católicos ("the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
"), after the last battle of the Granada War .

The 1492 surrender of the Islamic
Islamic
Emirate of Granada to the Catholic Monarchs is one of the most significant events in Granada's history as it marks the completion of the Reconquista of Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus
. The terms of the surrender, expressed in the Alhambra
Alhambra
Decree treaty, explicitly allowed the city's Muslim
Muslim
inhabitants to continue unmolested in the practice of their faith and customs, known as Mudéjar . By 1499, however, Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros grew frustrated with the slow pace of the efforts of Granada
Granada
’s first Archbishop, Fernando de Talavera , to convert non- Christians
Christians
to Christianity and undertook a program of forced Christian baptisms , creating the Converso (convert) class for Muslims and Jews. Cisneros's new tactics, which were a direct violation of the terms of the treaty, provoked an armed Muslim
Muslim
revolt centered in the rural Alpujarras region southwest of the city.

Responding to the rebellion of 1501, the Castilian Crown rescinded the Alhambra
Alhambra
Decree treaty, and mandated that Granada's Muslims must convert or emigrate. Under the 1492 Alhambra
Alhambra
Decree, Spain's Jewish population, unlike the Muslims, had already been forced to convert under threat of expulsion or even execution, becoming Marranos (meaning "pigs" in Spanish), or Catholics of Jewish descent. Many of the elite Muslim
Muslim
class subsequently emigrated to North Africa
North Africa
. The majority of the Granada's Mudéjar Muslims stayed to convert, however, becoming Moriscos , or Catholics of Moorish
Moorish
descent ("Moor" being equivalent to Muslim). Both populations of conversos were subject to persecution, execution, or exile, and each had cells that practiced their original religion in secrecy.

Over the course of the 16th century, Granada
Granada
took on an ever more Catholic and Castilian character, as immigrants came to the city from other parts of the Iberian Peninsula. The city's mosques were converted to Christian churches or completely destroyed. New structures, such as the cathedral and the Chancillería, or Royal Court of Appeals, transformed the urban landscape. After the 1492 Alhambra
Alhambra
decree, which resulted in the majority of Granada's Jewish population being expelled, the Jewish quarter (ghetto ) was demolished to make way for new Catholic and Castilian institutions and uses.

Legacy

Main article: Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire

The fall of Granada
Granada
has a significant place among the important events that mark the latter half of the Spanish 15th century. It completed the so-called Reconquista (or Christian conquest) of the 800-year-long Islamic
Islamic
rule in the Iberian Peninsula . Spain, now without any major internal territorial conflict, embarked on a great phase of exploration and colonization around the globe. In the same year the sailing expedition of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
resulted in what is usually claimed to be the first European sighting of the New World , although Leif Ericson is often regarded as the first European to land in the New World, 500 years before Christopher Columbus. The resources of the Americas
Americas
enriched the crown and the country, allowing Isabella I and Ferrando II to consolidate their rule as Catholic Monarchs of the united kingdoms. Subsequent conquests, and the Spanish colonization of the Americas
Americas
by the maritime expeditions they commissioned, created the vast Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
: for a time the largest in the world.

HERITAGE AND MONUMENTS

The greatest artistic wealth of Granada
Granada
is its Spanish- Islamic
Islamic
art — in particular, the compound of the Alhambra
Alhambra
and the Generalife . The Generalife is a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens , remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers , plants and fountains . The Alhambra
Alhambra
is the architectural culmination of the works of Nasrid art that were undertaken in the 13th and 14th centuries, with most of the Alhambra having been built at the time of Yusuf I and Mohammed V , between 1333 and 1354.

At present, the buildings of Granada
Granada
are typically bourgeois in appearance, with much of the architecture dating from the 19th Century, together with numerous Renaissance
Renaissance
and Baroque
Baroque
buildings.

THE ALHAMBRA

Main article: Alhambra
Alhambra
The Alhambra
Alhambra
Albaicín

The Alhambra
Alhambra
is a Nasrid "palace city". It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
UNESCO
in 1984. It is certainly Granada's most emblematic monument and one of the most visited in Spain. It consists of a defensive zone, the Alcazaba , together with others of a residential and formal state character, the Nasrid Palaces and, lastly, the palace, gardens and orchards of El Generalife .

The Alhambra
Alhambra
occupies a small plateau on the southeastern border of the city in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada above the Assabica valley. Some of the buildings may have existed before the arrival of the Moors. The Alhambra
Alhambra
as a whole is completely walled, bordered to the north by the valley of the Darro , to the south by the al-Sabika, and to the east of the Cuesta del Rey Chico, which in turn is separated from the Albayzín
Albayzín
and Generalife, located in the Cerro del Sol.

In the 11th century the Castle of the Alhambra
Alhambra
was developed as a walled town which became a military stronghold that dominated the whole city. But it was in the 13th century, with the arrival of the first monarch of the Nasrid dynasty , Mohammed I ibn Nasr
Mohammed I ibn Nasr
(Mohammed I, 1238–1273), that the royal residence was established in the Alhambra. This marked the beginning of its heyday. The Alhambra
Alhambra
became palace, citadel and fortress, and was the residence of the Nasrid sultans and their senior officials, including servants of the court and elite soldiers (13th–14th centuries).

In 1492 the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabela , expelled the final Moors
Moors
from the city of Granada. They established permanent residency in the Alhambra, and it was here that Christopher Columbus requested royal endorsement for his westward expedition that year.

In 1527 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
demolished part of the architectural complex to build the Palace
Palace
which bears his name. Although the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
had already altered some rooms of the Alhambra
Alhambra
after the conquest of the city in 1492, Charles V wanted to construct a permanent residence befitting an emperor. Around 1537 he ordered the construction of the Peinador de la Reina, or Queen's dressing room, where his wife Isabel lived, over the Tower of Abu l-Hayyay.

There was a pause in the ongoing maintenance of the Alhambra
Alhambra
from the 18th century for almost a hundred years, and during the French domination substantial portions of the fortress were blown apart. The repair, restoration and conservation that continues to this day did not begin until the 19th century. The complex currently includes the Museum of the Alhambra
Alhambra
, with objects mainly from the site of the monument itself and the Museum of Fine Arts. Panoramic view of the Alhambra
Alhambra
with Sierra Nevada in the background.

GENERALIFE

Main article: Generalife Generalife Fountains

The GENERALIFE is a garden area attached to the Alhambra
Alhambra
which became a place of recreation and rest for the Granadan Muslim
Muslim
kings when they wanted to flee the tedium of official life in the Palace. It occupies the slopes of the hill Cerro del Sol above the ravines of the Genil and the Darro and is visible from vantage points throughout the city. It was conceived as a rural village, consisting of landscaping, gardens and architecture. The palace and gardens were built during the reign of Muhammed III (1302–1309) and redecorated shortly after by Abu l-Walid Isma'il (1313–1324). It is of the Islamic
Islamic
Nasrid style, and is today one of the biggest attractions in the city of Granada. The Generalife was declared a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
by UNESCO
UNESCO
in 1984.

It is difficult to know the original appearance of the Generalife, as it has been subject to modifications and reconstructions throughout the Christian period which disfigured many of its former aspects. All buildings of the Generalife are of solid construction, and the overall decor is austere and simple. There is little variety to the Alhambra's decorative plaster , but the aesthetic is tasteful and extremely delicate. In the last third of the 20th century, a part of the garden was destroyed to build an auditorium .

CATHEDRAL

Main article: Cathedral of Granada Cathedral of Granada , south portal

The cathedral of Granada
Granada
is built over the Nasrid Great Mosque
Mosque
of Granada, in the center of the city. Its construction began during the Spanish Renaissance
Renaissance
in the early 16th century, shortly after the conquest of Granada
Granada
by the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
, who commissioned the works to Juan Gil de Hontañón and Enrique Egas . Numerous grand buildings were built in the reign of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
, so that the cathedral is contemporary to the Christian palace of the Alhambra
Alhambra
, the University and the Real Chancillería (supreme court).

The church was conceived on the model of the Cathedral
Cathedral
of Toledo , for what initially was a Gothic architectural project, as was customary in Spain
Spain
in the early decades of the 16th century. However, Egas was relieved by the Catholic hierarchy in 1529, and the continuation of the work was assigned to Diego Siloe , who built upon the example of his predecessor, but changed the approach towards a fully Renaissance
Renaissance
aesthetic.

The architect drew new Renaissance
Renaissance
lines for the whole building over the Gothic foundations, with an ambulatory and five naves instead of the usual three. Over time, the bishopric continued to commission new architectural projects of importance, such as the redesign of the main façade, undertaken in 1664 by Alonso Cano (1601–1667) to introduce Baroque
Baroque
elements. In 1706 Francisco de Hurtado Izquierdo and later his collaborator José Bada built the current tabernacle of the cathedral.

Highlights of the church's components include the main chapel , where may be found the praying statues of the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
, which consists of a series of Corinthian columns with the entablature resting on their capitals , and the vault over all. The spaces of the walls between the columns are perforated by a series of windows. The design of the tabernacle of 1706 preserves the classic proportions of the church, with its multiple columns crossing the forms of Diego de Siloé.

ROYAL CHAPEL

Main article: Royal Chapel of Granada Royal Chapel of Granada

The Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
chose the city of Granada
Granada
as their burial site by a royal decree dated September 13, 1504. The Royal Chapel
Chapel
of Granada, built over the former terrace of the Great Mosque, ranks with other important Granadan buildings such as the Lonja and the Catedral e Iglesia del Sagrario. In it are buried the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
, their daughter Joanna of Castile (Juana la Loca) and her husband Felipe I (Felipe el Hermoso). Construction of the Chapel
Chapel
started in 1505, directed by its designer, Enrique Egas . Built in several stages, the continuing evolution of its design joined Gothic construction and decoration with Renaissance
Renaissance
ideals, as seen in the tombs and the 17th and 18th century Granadan art in the Chapel
Chapel
of Santa Cruz. Over the years the church acquired a treasury of works of art, liturgical objects and relics .

The Royal Chapel
Chapel
was declared a Historic Artistic Monument on May 19, 1884, taking consideration of BIC ( Bien de Interés Cultural
Bien de Interés Cultural
) status in the current legislation of Spanish Historical Heritage (Law 16/1985 of 25 June). The most important parts of the chapel are its main retable , grid and vault . In the Sacristy-Museum is the legacy of the Catholic Monarchs. Its art gallery is highlighted by works of the Flemish, Italian and Spanish schools.

*

Hans Memling
Hans Memling
- Diptych of Granada, left wing:Acceptance of the Cross, h. 1475 *

Juan de Flandes - Birth of Christ, 1435-1438 *

Sandro Botticelli
Sandro Botticelli
- Prayer of the Garden, 1498-1500

ALBAYZíN

Main article: Albayzín
Albayzín

The Albayzín
Albayzín
(or Albaicín) is a neighborhood of Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus
origin, much visited by tourists who flock to the city because of its historical associations, architecture, and landscape.

The archeological findings in the area show that it has been inhabited since ancient times. It became more relevant with the arrival of the Zirid dynasty , in 1013, when it was surrounded by defensive walls . It is one of the ancient centers of Granada, like the Alhambra, the Realejo and the Arrabal de Bib-Rambla, in the flat part of the city. Its current extension runs from the walls of the Alcazaba to the cerro of San Miguel and on the other hand, from the Puerta de Guadix to the Alcazaba.

This neighborhood had its greatest development in the Nasrid era, and therefore largely maintains the urban fabric of this period, with narrow streets arranged in an intricate network that extends from the upper area, called San Nicolás, to the river Darro and Calle Elvira, located in the Plaza Nueva. The traditional type of housing is the Carmen granadino , consisting of a free house surrounded by a high wall that separates it from the street and includes a small orchard or garden.

In the Muslim
Muslim
era the Albayzín
Albayzín
was characterized as the locus of many revolts against the caliphate. At that time it was the residence of craftsmen , industrialists and aristocrats . With the Christian reconquest , it would progressively lose its splendor. The Christians built churches and settled there the Real Chancillería . During the rule of Felipe II of Spain
Spain
, after the rebellion and subsequent expulsion of the Moors
Moors
, the district was depopulated. In 1994 it was declared a Unesco
Unesco
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
. Of its architectural wealth among others include the Ziri walls of the Alcazaba Cadima , the Nasrid walls, the towers of the Alcazaba, the churches of Salvador (former main mosque ), San Cristóbal, San Miguel Alto and the Real Chancillería .

SACROMONTE

Main article: Sacromonte

The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the Valparaíso hill, one of several hills that make up Granada. This neighborhood is known as the old neighborhood of the Romani , who settled in Granada
Granada
after the conquest of the city. It is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods, full of whitewashed caves cut into the rock and used as residences. The sound of strumming guitars may still be heard there in the performance of flamenco cantes and quejíos , so that over time it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Granada.

At the top of this hill is the Abbey of Sacromonte and the College of Sacromonte, founded in the 17th century by the then Archbishop of Granada
Granada
Pedro de Castro . The Abbey of Sacromonte was built to monitor and guard the alleged relics of the evangelists of Baetica. Those are of questionable authenticity, but since their finding the area has been a religious pilgrimage destination.

The abbey complex consists of the catacombs, the abbey (17th–18th centuries), the Colegio Viejo de San Dionisio Areopagita (17th century) and the Colegio Nuevo (19th century). The interior of the church is simple and small but has numerous excellent works of art, which accentuate the size and rich carving of the Crucificado de Risueño, an object of devotion for the Romani people, who sing and dance in the procession of Holy Week. The facilities also include a museum, which houses the works acquired by the Foundation.

CHARTERHOUSE

Main article: Granada Charterhouse Tabernacle
Tabernacle
Dome, Granada Charterhouse .

The Charterhouse of Granada
Granada
is a monastery of cloistered monks, located in what was a farm or Muslim
Muslim
almunia called Aynadamar ("fountain of tears") that had an abundance of water and fruit trees. The initiative to build the monastery in that place was begun by Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba , known as El Gran Capitán . The charterhouse was founded in 1506; construction started ten years later, and continued for the following 300 years.

The Monastery suffered heavy damage during the Peninsular War
Peninsular War
and lost considerable property in 1837 as a result of the confiscations of Mendizábal . Currently, the monastery belongs to the Carthusians , reporting directly to the Archdiocese of Granada
Granada
.

The street entrance to the complex is an ornate arch of Plateresque style. Through it one reaches a large courtyard, at the end which is a wide staircase leading to the entrance of the church. The church, of early 16th century style and plan, has three entrances, one for the faithful and the other two for monks and clergy. Its plan has a single nave divided into four sections, highlighting the retables of Juan Sánchez Cotán and the chancel 's glass doors, adorned with mother-of-pearl , silver , rare woods and ivory . The presbytery is covered by elliptical vaulting . The main altar, between the chancel arch and the church tabernacle , is gilded wood.

The church's tabernacle and sancta sanctorum are considered a masterpiece of Baroque
Baroque
Spanish art in its blend of architecture, painting and sculpture. The dome that covers this area is decorated with frescoes by the Córdoba artist Antonio Palomino (18th century) representing the triumph of the Church Militant, faith, and religious life.

The courtyard, with galleries of arches on Doric order
Doric order
columns opening on it, is centered by a fountain. The Chapter House of Legos is the oldest building of the monastery (1517). It is rectangular and covered with groin vaulting.

OTHER BUILDINGS

* Monasterio de San Jerónimo : monastery * San Juan de Dios Hospital * Castril Palace
Palace
* Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada * Madrasah of Granada

DISTRICTS

Royal Gate (Puerta Real) Realejo neighborhood

REALEJO

Realejo was the Jewish district in the time of the Nasrid Granada. The Jewish population was so important that Granada
Granada
was known in Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus
under the name of " Granada
Granada
of the Jews" (Arabic : غرناطة اليهود‎‎ Gharnāṭah al-Yahūd). It is today a district made up of many Andalusian villas, with gardens opening onto the streets, called Los Cármenes.

CARTUJA

This district contains the Carthusian monastery of the same name: Cartuja. This is an old monastery started in a late Gothic style with Baroque
Baroque
exuberant interior decorations. In this district also, many buildings were created with the extension of the University of Granada .

BIB-RAMBLA

The toponym existed at the time of the Arabs. Nowadays, Bib-Rambla is a high point for gastronomy, especially in its terraces of restaurants, open on beautiful days. The Arab bazaar (Alcaicería) is made up of several narrow streets, which start from this place and continue as far as the cathedral

SACROMONTE

Main article: Sacromonte

The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the extension of the hill of Albaicín, along the Darro River. This area, which became famous by the nineteenth century for its predominantly Gitano inhabitants, is characterized by cave houses, which are dug into the hillside. The area has a reputation as a major center of flamenco song and dance, including the Zambra Gitana, Andalusian dance originating in the Middle East. The zone is a protected cultural environment under the auspices of the Centro de Interpretación del Sacromonte, a cultural center dedicated to the preservation of Gitano cultural forms.

ALBAYZíN

Main article: Albayzín
Albayzín

Albayzín
Albayzín
(also written as Albaicín), located on a hill on the right bank of the river Darro , is the ancient Moorish
Moorish
quarter of the city and transports the visitor to a unique world: the site of the ancient city of Elvira, so-called before the Zirid Moors
Moors
renamed it Granada. It housed the artists who went up to build the palaces of Alhambra
Alhambra
on the hill facing it. Time allowed its embellishment. Of particular note is the Plaza de San Nicolas (Plaza of St Nicholas) from where a stunning view of the Alhambra
Alhambra
can be seen. The artist George Owen Wynne Apperley RA RI (1884–1960) owned houses on both sides of the Placeta de San Nicolás, also known as El Mirador.

ZAIDíN

This formerly blue collar but now upmarket neighborhood houses 100,000 residents of Granada, making it the largest neighborhood or 'barrio'. Traditionally populated by Romani people, now many residents are from North and West Africa, China, and many South American countries. Every Saturday morning it hosts a large outdoor market or "mercadillo", where many people come and sell their wares of fruits and vegetables, clothes and shoes, and other odds and ends. A panoramic view from Alhambra
Alhambra

PARKS AND GARDENS IN GRANADA

The city of Granada
Granada
has a significant number of parks and gardens, including: The Granada
Granada
Science Park.

* The gardens of Alhambra
Alhambra
and Generalife * Campo del Príncipe Gardens * Gardens
Gardens
of the Royal Hospital * Gardens
Gardens
of Paseo del Salón and of La Bomba (BIC ) * Gardens
Gardens
of the Triumph * Gardens
Gardens
of Violón * Córdoba Gardens
Gardens
Palace

* Zaidín Park * Plaza de la Trinidad * 28 de Febrero Park * Almunia de Aynadamar Park * Federico García Lorca
Federico García Lorca
Park * Fuente Nueva University Park

CLIMATE

Due to its distance from the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
and its altitude, Granada has a borderline cold semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification : BSk). The city lies on the eastern limit of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
climate zone of southwestern Spain; thus its climate borders the hot-summer Mediterranean
Mediterranean
climate (Csa), receiving enough rainfall as well as having a precipitation regime typical of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
climate. Summers are hot and dry with daily temperatures averaging 34 °C (93 °F) in the hottest month (July); however, temperatures reaching over 40 °C (104 °F) are not uncommon in the summer months. Winters are cool and wet, and most of the rainfall is concentrated from November through to January. The coldest month is January with daytime temperatures hovering at 13 °C (55 °F) and dropping to around 1 °C (34 °F) during the night. Frost is quite common as temperatures usually reach below-freezing in the early morning. Spring and autumn are unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from mild to warm. Early summer in 2017 confronted the city with two massive heat waves that broke long-standing record temperatures starting on June 13, 2017, with a new maximum high for the month at 40.6°C (old record 40.0), which was topped three times within the span of four days (!) at 40.9°C on June 14, 41.3 (June 15) and, eventually, 41.5 (June 17). The first two days of this heat wave ranked Granada
Granada
first in both Spain
Spain
and Europe, making it the hottest place on the given days. The second extreme surge in temperatures followed roughly a month later when readings soared to 45.7 and 45.3°C on July 12 and 13, respetively, surpassing the old July record my by almost 3 degrees.

CLIMATE DATA FOR GRANADA (GRANADA BASE AéREA, ALTITUDE 687 M, 2,254 FT)

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 23.4 (74.1) 27.6 (81.7) 29.1 (84.4) 31.9 (89.4) 38.6 (101.5) 40.2 (104.4) 43.5 (110.3) 42.0 (107.6) 40.6 (105.1) 35.2 (95.4) 27.6 (81.7) 24.8 (76.6) 43.5 (110.3)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 12.6 (54.7) 14.6 (58.3) 18.0 (64.4) 19.5 (67.1) 24.0 (75.2) 30.2 (86.4) 34.2 (93.6) 33.5 (92.3) 28.7 (83.7) 22.6 (72.7) 16.5 (61.7) 13.1 (55.6) 22.3 (72.1)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 6.9 (44.4) 8.5 (47.3) 11.4 (52.5) 13.1 (55.6) 17.1 (62.8) 22.5 (72.5) 26.0 (78.8) 25.5 (77.9) 21.6 (70.9) 16.3 (61.3) 10.9 (51.6) 7.9 (46.2) 15.7 (60.3)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 1.2 (34.2) 2.4 (36.3) 4.8 (40.6) 6.8 (44.2) 10.2 (50.4) 14.7 (58.5) 17.7 (63.9) 17.6 (63.7) 14.4 (57.9) 10.1 (50.2) 5.3 (41.5) 2.7 (36.9) 9.0 (48.2)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −12.6 (9.3) −13.4 (7.9) −6.4 (20.5) −1.9 (28.6) 0.6 (33.1) 5.6 (42.1) 9.0 (48.2) 8.2 (46.8) 1.2 (34.2) −0.5 (31.1) −4.5 (23.9) −8.6 (16.5) −13.4 (7.9)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 41 (1.61) 33 (1.3) 35 (1.38) 37 (1.46) 30 (1.18) 11 (0.43) 2 (0.08) 3 (0.12) 23 (0.91) 38 (1.5) 50 (1.97) 50 (1.97) 353 (13.91)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION DAYS 5.8 5.6 5.1 6.3 4.7 1.7 0.3 0.6 2.7 5.1 6.7 7.2 51.8

AVERAGE SNOWY DAYS 0.7 0.5 0.2 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.3 2

AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%) 72 68 60 57 51 43 37 41 51 62 71 75 57

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 170 172 219 234 280 331 362 330 254 211 164 148 2,881

Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología

CLIMATE DATA FOR GRANADA (GRANADA AIRPORT , ALTITUDE 567 M, 1,860 FT)

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 24.6 (76.3) 26.2 (79.2) 31.2 (88.2) 32.7 (90.9) 39.5 (103.1) 41.5 (106.7) 45.7 (114.3) 43.0 (109.4) 43.1 (109.6) 33.5 (92.3) 27.4 (81.3) 24.5 (76.1) 45.7 (114.3)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 13.0 (55.4) 15.4 (59.7) 19.0 (66.2) 20.6 (69.1) 25.0 (77) 31.0 (87.8) 34.8 (94.6) 34.2 (93.6) 29.4 (84.9) 23.2 (73.8) 17.0 (62.6) 13.4 (56.1) 23.0 (73.4)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 6.6 (43.9) 8.5 (47.3) 11.4 (52.5) 13.3 (55.9) 17.2 (63) 22.3 (72.1) 25.3 (77.5) 24.8 (76.6) 21.1 (70) 16.0 (60.8) 10.6 (51.1) 7.6 (45.7) 15.4 (59.7)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 0.3 (32.5) 1.6 (34.9) 3.8 (38.8) 6.0 (42.8) 9.4 (48.9) 13.6 (56.5) 15.7 (60.3) 15.5 (59.9) 12.8 (55) 8.7 (47.7) 4.2 (39.6) 1.7 (35.1) 7.8 (46)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −14.2 (6.4) −10.0 (14) −7.6 (18.3) −3.2 (26.2) −0.2 (31.6) 5.0 (41) 6.4 (43.5) 6.6 (43.9) 3.6 (38.5) −2.6 (27.3) −6.4 (20.5) −9.2 (15.4) −14.2 (6.4)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 42 (1.65) 38 (1.5) 32 (1.26) 36 (1.42) 28 (1.1) 11 (0.43) 2 (0.08) 4 (0.16) 19 (0.75) 40 (1.57) 54 (2.13) 56 (2.2) 365 (14.37)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION DAYS 5.6 5.9 4.9 6.2 4.2 1.7 0.3 0.6 2.8 5.0 6.8 7.4 52.1

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 165 172 225 231 293 336 373 344 262 215 170 149 2,935

Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología

A panoramic view of Granada
Granada
city, 2013

NOTABLE PEOPLE

* Judah ben Saul ibn Tibbon (1120–1190), translator and physician * Al-Zuhri (fl. 1130s–1150s), geographer * Ibn Sa\'id al-Maghribi (1213–1286), geographer, historian and poet * Álvaro de Bazán (1526–1588), admiral * Alonso Cano (1601–1667), painter, sculptor and architect * Pedro de Mena (1628–1688), baroque sculptor * José de Mora (1642–1724), baroque sculptor * Francisco Martínez de la Rosa (1787–1862), statesman, politician, dramatist and poet * Ángel Ganivet (1865–1898), writer and dramatist * Mariana Pineda (1804–1831), liberalist heroine * Eugenia de Montijo (1826–1920), last Empress consort of France * Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949), painter, photographer, designer and scenographer * Pablo de Loyzaga (1872–1951), sculptor and professor of fine arts * Emilio Herrera Linares (1879–1967), military engineer and physicist * Melchor Fernández Almagro (1893–1966), literary critic, historian and journalist * Federico García Lorca
Federico García Lorca
(1898–1936), poet and dramatist * Francisco Ayala (1906–2009), writer and critic * Luis Rosales Camacho (1910–1992), poet and essayist from the Generation of \'36 * José Tamayo (1920–2003), theatre director * Manuel Jiménez de Parga (b. 1929), lawyer, politician, diplomat and jurist * Miguel Ríos (b. 1944) rock singer and composer * Carlos Cano (1946–2000), singer-songwriter * Manuel Orantes (b. 1949), tennis player * Javier Egea (1952–1999), considered one of the most important Spanish poets of the 1980s * Luis García Montero (b. 1958), poet and literary critic * Chus Gutiérrez (b. 1962), film director, actress and journalist * María José Rienda Contreras (b. 1975), ski racer * Pablo Aguilar Bermúdez (b. 1989), basketball player * Lidia Redondo (b. 1992), gymnast * Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (b. 1993), Scotland international rugby union player (born in Granada, but moved to Scotland at age 3)

It is the subject of the 1967 song "Vuelvo a Granada" by Miguel Ríos .

TRANSPORT

Construction of a light rail network, the Granada metro , began in 2007. It will cross Granada
Granada
and cover the towns of Albolote , Maracena and Armilla . The metro was scheduled to open in 2016.

Other transportation options in the city of Granada
Granada
are trains, taxis or buses.

BUS

The main company operating bus transport in Granada
Granada
is Transportes Rober . There is also bus transportation to and from the airport with the company Alsa.

TRAIN

Granada
Granada
has rail connections with many cities in Spain. There are several types of train service to and from Granada
Granada

* Short distance trains * Medium distance trains * Long distance trains * AVE
AVE
(high speed long distance). The closest AVE
AVE
connection is in Antequera .

TAXI

Granada
Granada
has a wide network of taxis to help the traveller reach their destinations. Official Granada
Granada
taxis are white with a green stripe.

AIRPORT

The nearest airport is Federico García Lorca Airport , about 15 km (9 mi) west of Granada.

SPORTS

Granada
Granada
has three football teams:

* Granada CF , in La Liga
La Liga

Granada
Granada
has a basketball team:

* CB Granada , in LEB Plata
LEB Plata

Skiing:

* FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996

TWIN TOWNS AND SISTER CITIES

Granada
Granada
has the following twin cities:

* Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence
, France
France
, 1979 * Tetuán , Morocco
Morocco
, 1988 * Tlemcen , Algeria
Algeria
, 1989 * Coral Gables, Florida , United States
United States
, 1989 * Freiburg im Breisgau
Freiburg im Breisgau
, Germany
Germany
, 1991 * Marrakech
Marrakech
, Morocco
Morocco
, 1994 * Belo Horizonte , Brazil
Brazil
, 2002 * Sharjah , United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
, 2009

SEE ALSO

* Gate of the Ears * Rafael Guillén * El Fandi * History of the Jews
Jews
in Spain
Spain
* Synod of Elvira

REFERENCES

* ^ Former names: Arabic : غرناطة‎‎‎, DIN : Ġarnāṭah; Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
: Ἐλιβύργη Elibýrge (Stephanus of Byzantium ), Latin : Illiberis ( Ptolemy
Ptolemy
ii. 4. § 11) or Illiberi Liberini (Pliny iii. 1. s. 3 * ^ A B C RingSalkinLa Boda 1995 , p. 296. * ^ Room 2006 , p. 149. * ^ A B Dale 1882 . * ^ El Hareir 2011 , p. 454. * ^ "Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada". unesco.org. UNESCO
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World Heritage Centre. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. * ^ A B Colum Hourihane 2012 . * ^ Hugh Kennedy; Professor of Arabic Hugh Kennedy (11 June 2014). Muslim
Muslim
Spain
Spain
and Portugal: A Political History of Al-Andalus. Routledge. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-317-87041-8 . * ^ "Historical introduction of the Alhambra". Alhambradegranada.org. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "The Generalife". Alhambradegranada.org. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ Jerez Mir, Carlos: Architecture guide of Granada, Ministry of Culture of Andalusia, pág. 59, ISBN 84-921824-0-7 * ^ "Guide of Monuments of Granada: Cathedral". Moebius.es. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "Royal Chapel
Chapel
of Granada. Five hundred years of history". Capillarealgranada.com. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "The Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus
legacy – The Albaicín (History)". Legadoandalusi.es. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "Educational tours -culturals for the Albayzín". Granada-in.com. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "History of the Sacromonte". Guiasdegranada.com. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ Hierro Calleja, Rafael – Granada
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Alhambra
(The Sacromonte. Page 113) ISBN 84-7169-084-5 * ^ Hierro Calleja, Rafael – Granada
Granada
y la Alhambra
Alhambra
(Charterhouse. Page 178) – Ediciones Miguel Sánchez ISBN 84-7169-084-5 * ^ "History of the Charterhouse of Granada". Legadoandalusi.es. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "Parques y Jardines de Granada". Granadatur.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-03-11. * ^ "Valores climatológicos normales. Granada
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Granada
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Granada
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Granada
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Granada
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Granada
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Granada
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SOURCES

See also: Bibliography of the history of Granada
Granada

* Ring, Trudy; Salkin, Robert M; La Boda, Sharon (1995). International Dictionary of Historic Places: Southern Europe. Fitzroy Dearborn. ISBN 1-884964-04-4 . Retrieved 24 October 2014. * Room, Adrian (2006). Placenames of the World: Origins And Meanings of the Names for 6,600 Countries, Cities, Territories, Natural Features And Historic Sites. McFarland. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-7864-2248-7 . Retrieved 27 December 2012. * Dale, Alfred (1882). The Synod of Elvira. MacMillan and Co. Retrieved 25 October 2014. * El Hareir, Idris (2011). The spread of Islam throughout the world. UNESCO. ISBN 978-92-3-104153-2 . Retrieved 25 October 2014. * Colum Hourihane (2012). "Granada". Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539536-5 . Retrieved 5 November 2014.

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* Cortés Peña, Antonio Luis and Bernard Vincent. Historia de Granada. 4 vols. Granada: Editorial Don Quijote, 1983. * Historia del reino de Granada. 3 vols. Granada: Universidad de Granada, Legado Andalusí, 2000. * This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Smith, William , ed. (1854–1857). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography
. London: John Murray.

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