Albaicín is one of the most picturesque areas in Granada and is famous for both its history, as well as its numerous beautifully decorated buildings. In the 7th century B.C., first the Iberians and then the Romans and Visigoths settled here in the spacious hill area above the River Darro. However, it was only under the rule of the Moors, when Granada became an independent Islamic kingdom, that the region began to flourish.
Even today, the splendor of the former Islamic monarchy is highlighted by the world famous and legendary Alhambra Palace. Due to a peace treaty with the Christians' military leaders, Mohammed The First had the impressive castle built. Over the years, the Alhambra was extended and its architecture was embellished by its royal inhabitants until the town finally fell to the Catholic Kings.
In Albaicín, the glorious atmosphere of old Granada can still be felt amid its buildings, its lanes and even in the air. The architectural legacy of the Moors continues to enchant all those who experience it, right up to the present day.
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