Photographer's Note

My last contribution to funny or less funny board series.
Photo from Alhambra gardens in Granada.

Following the translation (the larger board is my insertion for better reading, the original board is left of it and the famous Cypress tree is right of the original board):

Legend says that this Sultana cypress witnessed the love affairs of a gentleman Abencerraje and wife of Boabdil.

Muhammad XI, d. 1538, last sultan of Granada in Spain (1482-92); also called Boabdil by the Spanish. He seized the throne from his father and thus plunged Granada into civil war at the time the Castilians were beginning their attack on the kingdom.
As the Christians overran western Granada, Muhammad secretly promised (1487) them that he would surrender the city of Granada in return for some cities held by the rival Granadian party. However, he repudiated the agreement, and in Apr., 1491, the Castilians laid siege to Granada.
After valiant resistance, Muhammad surrendered in Jan., 1492, and fled to Morocco. His surrender marked the end of Moorish rule in Spain, and he is the subject of a number of romantic legends.
The were a family or faction that is said to have held a prominent position in the Moorish Kingdom of Granada in the 15th century.
The story is told that one of the Abencerrages, having fallen in love with a lady of the royal family, was caught in the act of climbing up to her window.
The king, enraged, shut up the whole family in one of the halls of the Alhambra, and ordered the Zergis to kill them all. The apartment where this is to have taken place is one of the most beautiful courts of the Alhambra, and is still called the Hall of the Abencerrages.
Many poems and plays, and two operas mention the legend, but the whole story is doubtful, because the best historians do not mention it.

My friends, this is my last photo for next 14 days. I hope I’ll be able to post some interesting photos from my upcoming trip to Indian Kerala.

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