Alhambra


Al·ham·bra

noun \al-ˈham-brə\

Definition of ALHAMBRA

:  the palace of the Moorish kings at Granada, Spain

Origin of ALHAMBRA

Spanish, from Arabic al-ḥamrā' the red house
First Known Use: 1612

Al·ham·bra

geographical name \al-ˈham-brə, for 2 also ə-ˈlam-brə\

Definition of ALHAMBRA

1
city SW California E of Los Angeles pop 83,089
2
hill in Granada, Spain; site of remains of the palace of the Moorish kings

Alhambra

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Palace of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, Spain, built (1238–1358) on a plateau above the city. Its name (Arabic: “the red”) may refer to the colour of the sun-dried bricks used in its outer walls. The Alhambra, only three parts of which remain intact, is made up of a series of rooms and gardens clustered around three principal courts, with extensive use of fountains and water basins. Its surfaces are astoundingly ornate and varied, with outstanding examples of stalactite work.

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