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The Alhambra was once a palace and fortress for Muslim rulers, and its architecture has much Islamic influence. The Alhambra, meaning "red fort," is named after the red clay used in its construction. More astonishing, is the history of the Alhambra. Ibn Nasr, founder of the Nasrid dynasty, fled to the Alhambra to avoid Christian domination. Catholic rulers took over the palace 100 years later.

"Easily the most spectacular landmark in Granada is the Alhambra. From every point of view, it is an amazing site. However, my favorite point of view is sitting in a classroom at the IES center and looking out up the hill at the Alhambra. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be looking up at the 8th wonder of the world while sitting in class." -Matt T., Gustavus Adolphus College