26 Facts About Granada


Granada is the capital city of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

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Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the confluence of four rivers, the Darro, the Genil, the Monachil and the Beiro.

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Granada was conquered in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs and progressively transformed into a Christian city over the course of the 16th century.

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Granada's surviving memoirs – the only ones for the Spanish "Middle Ages" – provide considerable detail for this brief period.

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Granada eventually found his way to Granada, where Habbus ibn Maksan appointed him his secretary in 1020 and entrusted him with many important responsibilities, including tax collection.

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Granada was the center of Jewish Sephardi culture and scholarship.

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Granada was in the eleventh century the center of Sephardic civilization at its peak, and from 1027 until 1066 Granada was a powerful Jewish state.

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Granada thereafter became a tributary state to the Kingdom of Castile, although this was often interrupted by wars between the two states.

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Partly due to the heavy tributary payments to Castile, Granada's economy specialized in the trade of high-value goods.

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Granada described it as a powerful and self-sufficient kingdom in its own right, although frequently embroiled in skirmishes with the Kingdom of Castile.

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Between 1810 and 1812 Granada was occupied by Napoleon's army during the Peninsular War.

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In 1830 Washington Irving lived in Granada and wrote his Tales of the Alhambra, which revived some international interest in southern Spain and in its Islamic-era monuments.

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City of Granada sits on the Vega de Granada, one of the depressions or plains located within the Baetic mountain ranges, continued to the west by those of Archidona and Antequera and to the East by those of Guadix, Baza and Huescar.

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Cathedral of Granada is built over the Nasrid Great Mosque of Granada, in the centre of the city.

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Mosque of Granada was inaugurated in 2003 on the summit of the neighborhood of Albayzin.

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City of Granada is the capital of the province of the same name, thus all administrative entities of provincial scope dependent on the regional government and the state are located there.

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Gastronomy of Granada is part of the Arabic-Andalusian cuisine tradition, with a strong Arab and Jewish heritage, which is reflected in its condiments and spices, such as cumin, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins, almonds or honey.

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The writer Miguel Alcobendas, author of the traditional cuisine of Granada, says that it has its origin in living together, from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century, of Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Nasrid Kingdom from Granada.

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Granada produces agricultural products such as barley, wheat, sugarcane and tobacco.

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In Granada there is a wide program of leisure and entertainment, which covers a large number of fields, available to both visitors and citizens themselves.

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University of Granada, founded in 1531 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, meant the continuation of higher studies in La Madraza, when the city was the capital of the last Nasrid Kingdom.

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Coordination between the State security forces and the City of Granada is carried out by the local Citizen Security Board.

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City of Granada has a significant number of parks and gardens, including:.

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Construction of a light rail network, the Granada metro, began in 2007, but was greatly delayed by the Spanish economic crisis.

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The single line crosses Granada and covers the towns of Albolote, Maracena and Armilla.

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Granada has a wide network of taxis to help travellers reach their destinations.

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