1492

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After the invasion of Granada in 1492 by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I, things changed in Granada.

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One can debate how liberal the emirate had been, but it certainly didn’t get better. Whenever choices become limited,life does not necessarily become easier.

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Today, we have a choice. We can face reality with clarity, like the cathedral of Granada, built over the ruins of its former mosque.

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Or we can prefer the blurred view over the remaining walls of the Alhambra.

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For the moment, it’s maybe best to keep gardening.

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Time Itself

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During the Nasrid Dynasty, the emirs of Granada had the material and intellectual resources to turn the castle of the Alhambra into a palace without equal.

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Subsequent vandalism, ignorance, and neglect have destroyed much of it, but what remains makes me wonder about what kind of people lived there.

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The wall decorations do not tell stories of battles and victories. The lines of the abstract designs appear to repeat themselves forever in infinite variations.

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This makes me wonder whether the artists had the flow of time itself in mind rather than particular events.

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They must have likened their buildings to the plants in the gardens of the Generalife, organically growing and transforming.

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