Granada In Spain
This is a silver coloured metal fridge magnet souvenir of Granada in Spain. Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in Andalusia, Spain. Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, 738 metres above sea level, yet only one hour from the Mediterranean coast. With the entire urban area estimated to be 472,638, it ranks as the 13th-largest urban area of Spain. The pomegranate (in Spanish, granada) is the heraldic symbol of Granada. In the Muslim era the Albaicin was characterized as the location for dissent. At that time it was the residence of craftsmen, industrialists and aristocrats. During the rule of Philip II of Spain, after the rebellion and subsequent expulsion of the Moors, the district was depopulated. In 1994 it was declared a UNESCO 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 El Salvador (former main mosque), San Cristobal, San Miguel Alto and the Real Chancilleria.
The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the Valparaiso hill, one of several hills that make up Granada. This neighborhood is known as the old neighborhood of the gypsies, who settled in 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, making it 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 Pedro de Castro. Since the first findings the area has become 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 Risueno, an object of devotion for the gypsy people, who sing and dance in the procession of Holy Week.