Discoveries of crazy traveller :).
Before going somewhere, I check if I can do my sightseeing cheaper and more effective. One thing is to buy "card" or "pass" in the city, very often visiting many museums in this way one can save money and avoid queues. Other good thing is to buy the tickets in advance online to popular places and then not to loose time in long queues, like in Vatican or Florence. In Granada, of course I wanted to see Alhambra, no matter how touristy it is. I bought two tickets, for a night visit and also for a day. I bought it complete, it means for Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba, Generalife and Fondacion Rodriguez Acosta.
What it could be? I checked in Google and found it would be interesting.
Fondacion Rodriguez Acosta is quite close to Alhambra, 15 minutes walk, but I had some problems to find it, I asked the people and they didn't know it. One can visit it only with the guide from Fondacion. I joined the last tour and it was the highlight of my trip to Spain. The group was small, only 5 people and very nice competent guide. I do not like guided tours in the city, but it is something different when I can hear very interesting stories that I wouldn't know otherwise . Also for me being foreigner, it is a great opportunity to hear a good language.
The Fundación Rodríguez-Acosta is located on the same hill where the Alhambra stands. It is one of the most peculiar buildings of the Spanish architecture. It was built during the first decades of the 20th century and was declared a National Monument in 1982. It was the studio of the painter José María Rodríguez-Acosta and contains a unique complex of gardens and a great collection of works, from Ancient pieces to Modernist ones; the visit comprises an astonishing tour, which includes underground caves and galleries. This place is a gem and a definite must do when in Granada. Fascinating house, superb gardens, great museum/gallery.
It is gorgeous place. The building and gardens are wonderfully planned. There are many patios with sculptures from different epochs and styles but with a great harmony. I have already posted two photos here and here but didn't write where it was. I was curious if anyone recognizes it or ask about it. The view of Granada from there are breath taking. There are also very interesting underground corridors many centuries old that were found during construction works. It is not known how they were used, probably by Jews in the early years of Reconquista.
This place is a gem and a definite must do when in Granada. Fascinating house, superb gardens, great museum/gallery.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-18 2:49
have to agree would not want to miss this place, it does look wonderful and I love this minimalist shot. It has a real air of intrigue and simple beauty. Captivating! Admire your spirit and forward planning it is inspiring and a lesson for us all.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Royaldevon (37925) 2014-07-18 3:08
Your notes are so interesting a very good guide to people who may be visiting places for the first time!
I was fascinated to learn that local people had no idea where this place was! Who wouldn't know about a place with such a beautiful statue included!
A very simple composition but very effective.
Have a great day,
kasianowak (8739) 2014-07-18 3:27
Zachecajaco wyglada to miejsce na twoim zdjeciu - mnostwo zieleni i wydaje sie, ze panuje tam cisza i spokoj. Bardzo dobra kompozycja - symetria swietnie pasuje do tematu.
Sergiom (77253) 2014-07-18 4:00
J'aime beaucoup la symétrie parfaite de ce cadrage.La statue est parfaitement encadrée par les deux colonnes et ressort bien sur fond de verdure.
snunney (97447) 2014-07-18 4:06
I like this shot very much, very minimalist but the effect is superb. Excellent rendering of the colours and detail in the rather risqué statue.
rychem (34507) 2014-07-18 8:53
Piękna, klasyczna, jasna rzeźba na zielonym tle prezentuje się super, a światło jeszcze ją podkreśla
jcpix (13914) 2014-07-18 10:45
Now, how can it be the best kept secret if you're telling everyone about it?? ;) You've just let the proverbial "cat out of the bag." lol
This should be something on anyones itinerary it sounds like, and it sure pays to do plenty of research ahead of time, right? And how great to have only had such a small group to manage, allowing for ample room to roam and take in all of the beauty withouth being pressured.
Looks like you caught this statue off guard, your camera must have been quite the surprise! :) A wonderful minimalist picture which portrays the simple elegance of the garden...sometimes less is more. Have a great weekend. Take care.
Noel_Byrne (30459) 2014-07-18 11:38
Really nice idea to frame the statue like this, you have made this innocent looking figure a character in a play :) Even the lighting is perfect, this is a fine natural stage. Great idea for this, worked really nicely. best wishes
carlo62 (46353) 2014-07-18 14:05
taglio semi panoramico e inquadratura millimetrica, queste sono le due caratteristiche principali. Oltre a questo, rimane la bellezza della scultura e la grazia del movimento che ha interpretato l'artista.
tyro (24330) 2014-07-18 16:52
This must be one of the most fascinating (if not the most fascinating!) notes I have ever read on TE. You really do your research so very well before visiting places and your research really does pay off! How many tourists (or local people!) must have walked past this place without ever knowing that it even existed?
A very fine photograph, simple and symmetrical in its composition with lovely soft lighting and glorious colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
A perfect upload for TE!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-18 23:02
Une excellente note illustrée de bonne façon par cette photo réussie de cette belle statue.
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-19 4:21
To musi być piękne miejsce, jeśli w swoich zbiorach ma takie cudowne prace! Jestem pod wrażeniem! Fantastycznie pokazałaś nam piękno tego posągu na tle zieleni. Super!
Pozdrawiam i życzę Ci miłego weekendu!
holmertz (51100) 2014-07-19 7:24
An interesting note and a fine photo. Discovering interesting places that are overlooked by most other tourists is a source of great pleasure for me too (although my greatest pleasure is to snap a funny street-shot in a matter of seconds).
This is a beautiful statue with a perfect background. You composed and cropped this very neatly and the light is great.
daddo (26534) 2014-07-19 17:12
Hi Malgo. Fascinating note that shows me at least three interesting things: that Art does pay and not all artists die poor (unless our Jose was loaded with money before he picked up a paintbrush) and secondly that the Jews in Europe often lived like badgers to save their skins and lastly that you are a fine example of what traveling is all about-discovering the hidden gems. An evocative composition. Srdacni pozdrav. Klaudio.
SWEETFREEDOM (24617) 2014-07-20 4:39
beautiful sculpture, interesting also the other pictures you have already posted, in partcular the pation in b/w and its view over the city.
delpeoples (57278) 2014-07-20 23:51
Cara Itchy Feet
It looks like they have stolen this sculpture from the Vatican :)
Beautiful and such a lesser known place, which you are so good at discovering for us. An excellent contribution to TE, where the note is as important as the photo.
jemaflor (95957) 2014-07-22 8:48
good idea for this symetrical frame, well seen and very well managed, perfect light and sharpness for this statue.
jmdias (63350) 2014-08-01 2:23
I liked the precious light you had here, the texture of the background is amazing and the framing using the columns is perfect too. a compo beautiful and well done. a pity I didn't know about this place while in Granada.