Summer vacation 2

I could not help myself to write some more after being commented motivated  by my brother.. huhuhu..

Sevilla

the Santa Justa Festival

On the way back to hostel after having our dinner, we found this religious festival or may I say it as marching? The festival is called Santa Justa & Rufina. Please read the story about them here. I believe that Justa and Rufina had hold tight to the faith of Tauhid and they were tortured to death before they are highly seen as a goddess or some sort of angels by the fellow people who does not understand who Justa and Rufina actually worship. That is how I see them.. What do you think of this issue?

This is Bullfighting Ring “La Maestranza”. It used to be a famous bullfighting ring. However, I was told that this bullfighting practice is no longer being held there because it really against the animals’ right, to hurt them just for fun. However it is not totally abolished because when I was in Granada I did see the bullfighting advertisement pasted throughout the city.

in front of the gold tower

Torre del Oro” which means gold tower is a trademark for Servilla. It is an Arab monument which is used to be covered by gold. The function of this building was to prevent enemy’s ships to go to upstream the Servilla port, by putting a chain across the river. Perhaps it is kind of similar to the Pahang warriors’ tactics to fight the British army. However, it is not to prevent their rival to use the river, but to turn boats upside down by using a rope tied across the river!

Plaza de España is also a must go place if you visit Servilla. Although it was built in 1929, it looks like new building (or palace or park). From my research, one of the scenes of the Star Wars II – The Attack of the Clones was held there. Huhuhu.. Another cool thing about this place is that it contains the mosaics which represent all 50 provinces in Spain. At first I thought that the mosaics symbolize important people in Spain history, but after looking through the internet I find out that it was just my wild guess. Huhuhu..

I found the Cathedral “La Giralda” picture after coming back from the vacation. I discovered that it was also used to be a masjid- Masjid Almohad of Sevilla. T-T

Granada

the pedestrian way is in the middle of the road.. kind of strange..

We were a bit shock when we arrived at Granada. It is because we could not book the train to Barcelona because it was already full. In addition to that, we could not communicate with the ticket seller because of language barrier. They confidently talked to us in Spanish as though we were born there. Thank God, we were able to get the ticket early morning the next day after using all kind of sign languages to communicate with the customer service. Huhuhu..

at the entrance                                       one of the castles

The main attraction in Granada is its Alhambra Palace. It contaians a lot of castles. They used to be Muslims’ property  until the Christian invaded the place. Nowadays, it has become tourist place where they would be a lot of locals and foreign tourists queue in a long row just to get the ticket. The entrance is limited to a certain amount of visitors each day, for safety and security reason.

In some part of the palace, there are poems and phrase written on the walls to praise Allah and the rulers at that time.

The gardens are stunning. They still preserve these gardens very well.

Granada view from one of the castles..

On the way back from Alhambra, we met an Arab guy named Hamzah. He owns a souvenir there. Although his English is not good, he tries to tell us about the Muslim magnificent technology that still remains a secret until today. It is about the Court of the Lions.

Fountain of the Lions.. Taken from wiki

According to him, the function of the fountain was as a clock. The fountain contained 12 lions and each of the lions represents a specific time. For instance, water would come out of the lion which represent one o’clock when it is really one o’clock and the water would come out of the lion which represent two o’clock lion when it is two o’clock and so on. It kept on changing 24/7. The engineers who built the fountain did not use any battery or machine but only using the flow of water to run the clock.

the western scholars cannot solve the riddle..

When the Christian invade Granada, they have called their scholars to investigate on the technology used to run the fountain. They dug underneath the chamber and failed to identify the way on how it works. When they put the lions back to their positions, the fountain was no longer working. Water came out from all of the lions’ mouth at the same time. They cannot solve the mystery until today.

the lions are no longer there.. the area is sealed to the tourists..

When we were at Alhambra, the lions are no longer at their place. Some of them are kept in the palace museum and some others are displayed somewhere else. Today’s Muslim engineer or engineer to be should feel challenged by these genius Muslim scholars who has made such a brilliant master piece. Maybe we should take some time to ponder about it. I’ve tried to google the web to find any clue about the fountain’s mystery but could not find any web which talks about the clock.. Porbably this they tried to hide their weakness to the world, by hiding the truth which lies behind these lions..

to be continue.. hopefully..

20 Comments

  1. Hafiz Lazim said,

    August 20, 2008 at 6:56 am

    far walk – wide view …muhahahaha…

  2. ajik said,

    August 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    j auh perjalanan luas pengalaman,itulah indahnya hidup ini……….ha ha ha ha

  3. zairaza said,

    August 20, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    haha. koya sorang2.

  4. halaa said,

    August 21, 2008 at 1:19 am

    waaah…. I couldnt help but feel extremely amazed on your ‘report’. makes me feel like someday I should give a visit there too… MasyaAllah, there’s so many leavings from Muslim generations still remain there. The palace, the court, they were so amazing. Thanks for sharing this, dear friend. hehe… Glad to know this~

  5. Hafzan Lazim said,

    August 22, 2008 at 10:49 am

    1. hahahahaha. bijok-bijok. Update banyok lagi.
    2. stae keno gi melancong retek nih.
    3. To Che No… Uuuuuuuuuuuu

  6. zairaza said,

    August 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

  7. ajik said,

    August 23, 2008 at 1:53 am

    kalaulah kita tak mengagungkan darah daging kita sendiri siapa lagi fikir fikirkan amin

  8. Hafiz Lazim said,

    August 25, 2008 at 2:40 am

    fishy…fishy…fishy…

  9. zairaza said,

    August 25, 2008 at 3:25 am

    abe apih gmbar manow oh?

  10. Hafzan Lazim said,

    August 25, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Tahu, Mat Apih. Mana gambar nyoh??

  11. c su said,

    August 25, 2008 at 7:38 am

    cepat le gambar wei…

  12. Hafiz Lazim said,

    August 26, 2008 at 2:13 am

    tak dam nak upload weih…bulan² ini adalah bulan² yang sungguh sibuk…raya ni pong tak cuti nie….raya di opis…huhuhu….

  13. zairaza said,

    August 26, 2008 at 2:48 am

    owoss. alaa sy pong dok balik kg jugak raya. samo jah kito. hahahahhaha.

  14. c su said,

    August 26, 2008 at 8:29 am

    saya tak payah balik mano2 sbb meme dok di bumi yg permai ini. tak payoh oosong aka ngundi nak balik kg sapo…..hehe. ada ore jeles.

  15. Hafzan Lazim said,

    August 26, 2008 at 8:50 am

    1. hahahhaha. kecoh semua2. ni ore 6 tahun dah tok balik rayo, 3 tahun lebih doh tok tgok tanah air. Lepas ni nak cari gewe ore Brunei pulok. Bui Hj Lazim ngan Hjh Zainab tak leh tido sket. hahahahaha
    2. kpd che Nor ngan Mat Paih.. UUUUUUUUUUUUHHH
    3. Kpd Mat Apih Kalu malas up-load send ko email saya. Jange bui ko Che Nor tapi. Come On, make some time for Hails’s Godfather here. I’ll appreciate and always remember that. But don’t make time for Che Nor. Hahahhaaha.

  16. zairaza said,

    August 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    1. yes yes kalu nak komen byk2 kena wat nombor ko abe je? uuuuhhhh
    2. abepaih: uuuuuuuuhhhhh
    3. che su: amboi2. bangga dio. sy pong gitu gok ah nnti. hahahaha.
    4. abe je: hmmm tipu laa tok tgk tanah n air da 3 thun. tipuuu tipuuuu.smpai berapa nombor bley wat komen? hahahhaa

  17. c su said,

    August 27, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Wow seronoknya kalau anak sedaraku kawin ngan org Brunai. Ada peluang gi sana….Semestinya hantar mempelai or blarak.hehe Tapi kan…takyah le.

  18. Hafzan Lazim said,

    August 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Che Nor: tak yah numbur buleh jugak. dedemmit.
    Last sekali abe balik, Mat Apih nikoh. Lonni dio anak dua sudah.
    Selebihnya sendiri kira ler, berapa lama. Sedih-sedihan Abe.
    Che Sue: Ma ngan Abah tanya nnt, royak Che Sue restu deh. hhehehehhehe.
    Brunei=Dayang.

  19. Hafiz Lazim said,

    August 28, 2008 at 4:57 am

    hahaha…one complete name flying into my leftside brain…Dayangku XXXXXXwati bt Awangku XXXXXudin…Peje…maso skoloh tanjung aru key ramai geng Dayang nie…Skoloh Agama Sembulan lagi la ramei…kenangan²

  20. zairaza said,

    August 28, 2008 at 5:43 am

    hoh gatal jugok abe2 aku neh. hahahahahhahaaha.


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