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The Alhambra and the Alcázar of Seville: The History of the Famous Fortresses Constructed by the Moors in Spain

Narrated by: Scott Clem
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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Tucked away on the crest of the Al-Sabika Hill in Granada of Andalusia, Spain, just left of the babbling stream of the Darro River, sits a majestic structure overlooking the charming city and mystical meadows of La Vega. This palatial fortress and the fabled Alhambra are one and the same. To those who have seen it in its full glory, this was heaven on Earth itself. Many were quick to fall under the spell of its breathtaking beauty, with its admirers lovingly dubbing it “a pearl set in emeralds.”  

At one point in time, this place had been decked out with a network of captivating castles, heavenly homes and gorgeous gardens, and a handsome military fortress envied by the city's neighboring kingdoms. This was none other than Alhambra, once so enchanting that a countless number of those who visited the place in its heyday praised it as a true paradise on Earth. Today, this historic complex has become the setting and inspiration for a host of books, music, movies, and other works of art and literature, such as Washington Irving's Tales of Alhambra, and Marcel L'Herbier's cinematic masterpiece, El Dorado. A main asteroid belt has even been named after the legendary place. 

The exquisite work of art continues to be beloved, so much so that a campaign in 2007 attracted an estimated 5,000 hopefuls to the site. There, the thousands laced their fingers together and formed a ring around the spectacular fortress stretching 1.5 miles long, in hopes of cementing the landmark's place among the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. Astounding aesthetics aside, the rich tapestry of history that unfolded within the walls of the centuries-old palatial paradise is truly what makes Alhambra one of the classic, timeless gems in all of Europe.  

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  • 03-01-19

OK but a bit disappointing

I am visiting these palaces in coming months and had hoped for an insight of how the structures we see today relate to historical figures and events. This book aims to do this but falls short. There is a lot of history (which is actually quite good), but not enough of it relates directly back to the palaces & structures we see today.
And I'm really really sorry, but the person reading this book has the most boring, monotone voice. I would have loved to have a native Spanish speaking person read this, with lots of intonation and passion.
In summary, interesting but disappointing.