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By Aurangzeb Haneef
In popular Spanish memory, Granada came to hold a rather romanticised vision. The Spanish saying goes: “Quien no ha visto Granada, no ha visto nada,” meaning that one who has not seen Granada has not seen anything. Poets wrote about it, singers sang about it, and travelers walked about it. If Granada was a prize then Alhamra was its most precious possession. For centuries the Nasrid palace and the adjacent gardens have been a source of inspiration for artists, musicians, lovers, and historians. In the 19th century, Washington Irving helped to revive the popularity of Granada in the wider Western world through his still published travelogue: Tales of Alhamra.