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Alhambra \Al*ham"bra\, n. [Ultimately fr. Ar. al the + hamr[=a] red; i. e., the red (sc. house).] The palace of the Moorish kings at Granada.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

palace of the Moorish kings in Granada, Spanish, from Arabic (al kal'at) al hamra "the red (castle)," from fem. of ahmuru "red." So called for the sun-dried bricks of which its outer walls were built.

Alhambra, CA -- U.S. city in California
Population (2000): 85804
Housing Units (2000): 30069
Land area (2000): 7.622063 sq. miles (19.741052 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 7.622063 sq. miles (19.741052 sq. km)
FIPS code: 00884
Located within: California (CA), FIPS 06
Location: 34.081859 N, 118.135052 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 91801 91803
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Alhambra, CA
Alhambra, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 630
Housing Units (2000): 216
Land area (2000): 0.755078 sq. miles (1.955644 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.006247 sq. miles (0.016180 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.761325 sq. miles (1.971824 sq. km)
FIPS code: 00737
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 38.888614 N, 89.732616 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62001
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Alhambra, IL
Alhambra (board game)

Alhambra (, literally "The Palace of the Alhambra") is a 2003 tile-based German-style board game designed by Dirk Henn. It was originally published in Germany by Queen Games in a language-interdependent version; an English-specific version was released in North America by the now-defunct Überplay. The game is an Arabian-themed update, set during the construction of the Alhambra palace in 14th century Granada, of the 1998 stock trading board game Stimmt So!, which in turn was an update of the 1992 mafia influence board game Al Capone; the original version was subsequently released as Alhambra: The Card Game.

Alhambra won the Spiel des Jahres award, the Schweizer Spielepreis for Family Games, the As d'Or and the Essen Feather for the year of its release and placed second in the Deutscher Spiele Preis. Its success has led to the release of numerous expansion packs and spin-off games, and is becoming Queen Games' flagship franchise.

Alhambra (EP)

Alhambra (1996) is an EP by The Tea Party and was used as a bridge between The Edges of Twilight and Transmission albums. It includes four intricately re-worked acoustic songs from The Edges of Twilight and two others; the first a song entitled "Time" with Roy Harper on vocals, the second a remix of "Sister Awake" by Rhys Fulber.

Alhambra is an Enhanced CD and includes multimedia that the band used as a way to explain themselves, inviting fans to explore the details of exotic instruments, song meanings and video and audio clips.

The first song on the EP is "The Grand Bazaar", which was recorded during The Edges of Twilight sessions in December 1994 at A&M Studios in Los Angeles. The acoustic songs and "Time" were recorded in August 1995 at Studio Morin Heights ( Morin Heights), with more acoustic versions of songs from these sessions appearing as B-sides (" The River", " Save Me" and " Sister Awake") on later singles and the European Triptych Special Tour Edition 2000 album.

EMI Music Canada re-issued Alhambra on 5 March 2002 with the multimedia CD-ROM component updated to work correctly on the Windows XP Operating System. The EP was long out of stock in Canada.

"The Grand Bazaar", "Inanna (acoustic version)", "Silence (acoustic version)" and "Time" can be found on second disc of the 2015 deluxe edition of The Edges of Twilight. "The Grand Bazaar" is incorrectly listed as "Sarode Bazaar (Previously Unreleased)".

Alhambra (video game)

Alhambra is the cancelled Xbox Live Arcade version of the popular board game designed by Dirk Henn for the Xbox 360, and developed by Vivendi Games, and was to be the third designer board game to be released on Arcade, the first two being Catan and Carcassonne.

The game was cancelled by Vivendi "due to unforeseen difficulties", though it may yet be revived with a new publisher.

Alhambra (Paris)

The Alhambra is a theatre which opened in April 2008 at 21, rue Yves-Toudic in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, 300 meters from the site of the old Alhambra-Maurice Chevalier.


The Alhambra (; ; , Al-Ḥamrā, lit. "The Red One"), the complete Arabic form of which was Calat Alhamra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition) and the palaces were partially altered to Renaissance tastes. In 1526 Charles I & V commissioned a new Renaissance palace better befitting of the Holy Roman Emperor in the revolutionary Mannerist style influenced by Humanist philosophy in direct juxtaposition with the Nasrid Andalusian architecture, but which was ultimately never completed due to Morisco rebellions in Granada.

Alhambra's late flowering of Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain during the decline of the Nasrid dynasty who were increasingly subject to the Christian Kings of Castile. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the buildings occupied by squatters, Alhambra was rediscovered following the defeat of Napoleon, who had conducted retaliatory destruction of the site, the re-discoverers were first British intellectuals and then other north European Romantic travelers. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories.

Moorish poets described it as "a pearl set in emeralds," an allusion to the colour of its buildings and the woods around them. The palace complex was designed with the mountainous site in mind and many forms of technology were considered. The park (Alameda de la Alhambra), which is overgrown with wildflowers and grass in the spring, was planted by the Moors with roses, oranges, and myrtles; its most characteristic feature, however, is the dense wood of English elms brought by the Duke of Wellington in 1812. The park has a multitude of nightingales and is usually filled with the sound of running water from several fountains and cascades. These are supplied through a conduit long, which is connected with the Darro at the monastery of Jesus del Valle above Granada.

Despite long neglect, willful vandalism, and some ill-judged restoration, the Alhambra endures as an atypical example of Muslim art in its final European stages, relatively uninfluenced by the direct Byzantine influences found in the Mezquita of Córdoba. The majority of the palace buildings are quadrangular in plan, with all the rooms opening on to a central court, and the whole reached its present size simply by the gradual addition of new quadrangles, designed on the same principle, though varying in dimensions, and connected with each other by smaller rooms and passages. Alhambra was extended by the different Muslim rulers who lived in the complex. However, each new section that was added followed the consistent theme of "paradise on earth". Column arcades, fountains with running water, and reflecting pools were used to add to the aesthetic and functional complexity. In every case, the exterior was left plain and austere. Sun and wind were freely admitted. Blue, red, and a golden yellow, all somewhat faded through lapse of time and exposure, are the colors chiefly employed.

The decoration consists for the upper part of the walls, as a rule, of Arabic inscriptions -mostly poems by Ibn Zamrak and others praising the palace- that are manipulated into geometrical patterns with vegetal background set onto an arabesque setting ("Ataurique"). Much of this ornament is carved stucco (plaster) rather than stone. Tile mosaics ("alicatado"), with complicated mathematical patterns ("tracería", most precisely "lacería"), are largely used as panelling for the lower part. Similar desings are displayed on wooden ceilings ( Alfarje). Muqarnas are the main elements for vaulting with stucco, and some of the most accomplished dome examples of this kind are in the Court of the Lions halls. The palace complex is designed in the Nasrid style, the last blooming of Islamic Art in the Iberian Peninsula, that had a great influence on the Maghreb to the present day, and on contemporary Mudejar Art, which is characteristic of western elements reinterpreted into Islamic forms and widely popular during the Reconquista in Spain.

Alhambra (disambiguation)

Alhambra may refer to:

  • The Alhambra, a palace in Granada, Spain
  • The Alhambra Decree, a royal decree issued in 1492 ordering the expulsion or conversion of all the Jews in Spain
Alhambra (solitaire)

Alhambra is a solitaire card game which is played using two decks of playing cards. Its unusual feature is akin to that of Crazy Quilt: the cards in the reserve are built either on the foundations or on a waste pile.

Usage examples of "alhambra".

I am continually awakened from my reveries by the jargon of an Andalusian peasant who is setting out rose-bushes, and the song of a pretty Andalusian girl who shows the Alhambra, and who is chanting a little romance that has probably been handed down from generation to generation since the time of the Moors.

Think what must have been our delight when, after passing the famous bridge of Pinos, the scene of many a bloody encounter between Moor and Christian, and remarkable for having been the place where Columbus was overtaken by the messenger of Isabella, when about to abandon Spain in despair, we turned a promontory of the arid mountains of Elvira, and Granada, with its towers, its Alhambra, and its snowy mountains, burst upon our sight!

It may almost be claimed that Irving did for Granada and the Alhambra what he did, in a totally different way, for New York and its vicinity.

Zubia, built on the skirts of the mountain to the left of Granada, and commanding a view of the Alhambra, and the most beautiful quarter of the city.

The ladies of the court gazed with delight at the red towers of the Alhambra, rising from amid shady groves, anticipating the time when the Catholic sovereigns should be enthroned within its walls, and its courts shine with the splendor of Spanish chivalry.

After a few days of residence in the part of the Alhambra occupied by Dame Tia Antonia and her family, of which the handmaid Dolores was the most fascinating member, Irving succeeded in establishing himself in a remote and vacant part of the vast pile, in a suite of delicate and elegant chambers with secluded gardens and fountains, that had once been occupied by the beautiful Elizabeth of Farnese, daughter of the Duke of Parma, and more than four centuries ago by a Moorish beauty named Lindaraxa, who flourished in the court of Muhamed the Left-Handed.

Under its plastic sway the Alhambra seems to regain its pristine glories.

It is a Moslem tradition that the court and army of Boabdil the Unfortunate, the last Moorish king of Granada, are shut up in the mountain by a powerful enchantment, and that it is written in the book of fate that when the enchantment is broken, Boabdil will descend from the mountain at the head of his army, resume his throne in the Alhambra, and, gathering together the enchanted warriors from all parts of Spain, reconquer the peninsula.

He had heard many tales of treasures shut up under strong enchantment in the vaults of the Alhambra, but had treated them as fables.

It was angels that had built the Alhambra, the signs were everywhere if you knew where to look, and every serious historian knew that the Inquisition had largely been aimed at destroying the power of angels.

More like the Promenade at the Alhambra than a decent home, it looked to me.

It was not so large nor so magnificent as the Alhambra in Leicester Square, but it affected that same peculiar Moorish style of decoration which was then so popular, with twisting gold colonnades supporting its pinkish minarets and great blue onion dome.

Gonna be a snowy day on Alhambra before me or any of the boys slips up on this assignment.

The ballets of the Alhambra, and the fireworks of the Crystal Palace, and Mr.

The ballets of the Alhambra are institutions in which a particular selected row of persons in pink go through an operation known as dancing.