geographical name \grə-ˈnä-də, grä-ˈnä-thä\

Definition of GRANADA

city SW Nicaragua on NW shore of Lake Nicaragua pop 56,232
medieval Moorish kingdom S Spain
province S Spain in Andalusia bordering on the Mediterranean area 4838 square miles (12,530 square kilometers), pop 821,660
city, its , in the Sierra Nevada pop 240,661


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2001: 240,661), capital of Granada province, Andalusia autonomous community, southern Spain. Located at the northwestern slope of the Sierra Nevada, it was the site of the Iberian settlement Elibyrge in the 5th century BC and of the Roman Illiberis. As the seat of the Moorish kingdom of Granada, it was the final stronghold of the Moors in Spain, falling to Roman Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II and Isabella I in 1492. Nearby is the Alhambra, as well as the Alcazaba fortress that guarded it. The city has fine Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture and is a major tourist centre. It has been the see of an archbishop since 1493; the University of Granada was founded in 1526.


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