It is impossible to talk about Granada without thinking in the magic that runs parallel to this andalusian city. The art merges with the warmth of its people forming a perfect marriage that entices you during your visit. The combination of cultures that have passed through this place have brought the many art styles to life here. However, like you know, the islamic art has always had an important role.
The truth is is that there is little left of pre-islamic legacy in terms of art, because after the Catholic Kings over through the city they ended with all that was Jewish. However, you were still find many later artistic styles while visiting Granada.
And the biggest representation of islamic art in the city. In this famous collection you can find important examples of Nasrids and Zaris. Of course, the mosaics take centre stage in this sanctuary, being the most characteristic element of this city.
Another distintive aspect? The presence of water. If you look closely, it has great relevance of the actual construction of the Alhambra and that is due to the religious importance that water has to the muslims, seen as a means to purity.
Although the islamic patterns and the oriental art are some of the most important of the city, we can also find other art movements in Granada. For example, the Royal Chapel is gothic while the Palace of Carlos V and the Cathedral are Renaissance. The latter also has some Baroque points, especially the exterior.
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth was a lover of gothic art. Like you can see, there are a lot of styles that can be found in the granadian capital.
The music is of great relevance here and Flamenco is very important in Andalusia. Specifically, it is the place that birthed the Zambra, in the caves of Sacramonte. Just like that, artists, such as he great Enrique Morente, were born in Granada and others such as Manuel de Falla, from Cadiz, composed a large part of his work here too.
If this seems a little, you should know that the andalusian city has been the inspiration for various songs such as “Vuelvo a Granada” by Miguel Rios.
We can’t finish without speaking about the workmanship on Granada. The Fajalauza ceramic, Nasrid inspired, create incredible pieces in which green and blue lead they way. On the other hand, staying on the musical theme, the making of guitars is by the luthiers holds a very traditional part in this city.
As you can see, coming to Granada can be an incredible experience if you want to soak up the art it has to offer.