Journeys to Dazzling Pasts: The Alhambra and its Makers
Nineteenth-century writers and artists rediscovered what remained of the 14th-century Alhambra Palace complex that had been constructed by the last Muslim Dynasty to rule in Spain. They imagined its past and constructed its future, looking past and beyond the gypsies who were grazing sheep in its courtyards. Today the Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourists attractions in the world. We will examine how the poetry inscribed on its walls leads us to understand the architecture and how the last two centuries of visitors have recreated it for us.