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The albaicín

The albaicín is the oldest district of Granada, located on a hillside, at the foot of which a multitude of waters of the picturesque river with a beautiful name Darro.

The albaicín is an architectural legacy of Moorish Spain. Its narrow winding streets, the layout and architecture of the surviving buildings take us back in the times of prosperity of the Muslim culture spread during the colonization of this area by the Moors. Just as the "repository of folk architecture of the Moors" Albaycin was inscribed on the world heritage list of UNESCO.

To date there is still a lot of Moorish dwellings, such as houses, surrounded by green gardens, which are called "Carmen". Also preserved ancient baths dates from the 11th century, decorated with beautiful domes and capitals the works of ancient masters. Most churches, today located in the Albayzín were built on the sites of ancient mosques. Often the mosque itself was destroyed and remained only the minaret that was converted into a bell tower. Such churches include San Jose Church, built on the site of a Muslim mosque from the 11th century and the Church of San Juan de Los Reject in the Gothic style, a bell tower which is a former minaret belonging to the 13th century.

Once the Albaicín was the residence of the rulers of Granada. In the 14th century, the Albaicín has become the center of prosperity of trade and crafts. Are made into jewelry and weapons, silk products and brocades, utensil and other household items. On the modern streets of the Albayzín still there are many workshops, shops and stalls.