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