Alhambra Granada Spain about 1892

VIEW OF THE ALHAMBRA, GRANADA, SPAIN — “The view from the Alhambra hill is, in my opinion, the most beautiful that I have ever seen, and when combined with the historic, romantic and literary associations of the place, it renders this Granadan Acropolis unequalled in attractiveness by any portion of the world.” Such is the expressed opinion of a great traveler, who has had the opportunity of making extensive observations and comparisons. But his enthusiasm is not misplaced. Here is a noble plain containing fifty-seven square miles of wonderful fertility, green as the richest moss and ornamented here and there, like Oriental pearls, with white-walled villages and towers. Every portion of that plain has been the scene of desperate conflict between Moor and Christian. Around it are many mountains, only a few of which are visible on the side represented by this illustration. Some of these are tawny and desolate, while others pierce the azure at a height of 11,000 feet and are crowned with everlasting snow. With such an environment there rises abruptly above the city of Granada the hill which constituted the favorite abode of the Moorish Caliphs. It is sheltered from the arrows of the sun by magnificent elms a hundred feet in height. Nightingales are singing in their abundant foliage. Roses and orange-blossoms fill the air with perfume. Lastly and chiefly, seated here in this bower of Oriental delights, and resembling a Queen upon a lofty throne, is the most exquisite palace man has ever built, the unique, the world-renowned Alhambra. This, as all the world knows, was the most treasured residence of the Moorish sovereigns, a veritable earthly paradise, where life passed away like a happy dream. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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