Granada - the Town - Photos Andalusia 2019

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The Royal Chapel
King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile are interred here.
By marriage they united two major parts of Spain, laying the foundation for modern Spain. As cousins, they required permission from the Pope to marry. He refused so permission was forged.

As fanatical Catholics, they conquered the last Muslim ruled part of Spain, Granada. They then made a treaty allowing Muslims and Jews to live freely and broke it within months, leading to the setting up of the Inquisition in Granada and the eventual expulsion of all Muslims and Jews. Tomás de Torquemada, first Grand Inquisitor, was Isabella's personal confessor and advisor from her mid-teens.

They were masters of propaganda, named by the Pope as "Their Catholic Majesties" they had themselves interred in Granada as a way of ensuring it would remain Christian.

Can you tell I'm not a fan?
Granada Cathedral
It's another big one!
The Cathedral from the Alhambra.
The Albaicin.
The Albaicin was the main part of the town before the arrival of the Nasrid dynasty which built the Alhambra.
This view is from the Alhambra.
Isabella and Columbus again.

In the Cathedral museum there is Isabella's crown and scepter. Amazing to have that direct link with such distant events.
Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-21.
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