Thursday, August 13, 2009

Generalife Gardens, Granada, Spain - "A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy" - Luis Barragan

The Generalife, originally used as the sultan's vegetable & fruit garden and summer palace, was planted over 600 years ago. An upstream aquaduct diverted water to here, bringing it first through the long water feature (below) and then to the gardens & the Alhambra. As I mentioned in another post, the soothing sound of water was present everywhere in the Alhambra & Generalife (except Charles V Palace), even when it was not visible.

One of the pleasant aspects of the Generalife is the blending of the architecture and the gardens, especially the sectional change. Many spaces can be viewed at multiple levels, allowing for a different experience of the same space.

More of the patterned stone pathways - I don't recall any being the same.

This stair was also a fountain with a handrail that was a channel for water. The "knot" in the bend created a place of turbulence and sound, so that the water did not simply run smoothly and silently down.

View of the Alhambra from the Generalife Gardens

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