Arabic: جَنَّة الْعَرِيف
The Generalife viewed from the Alhambra
|Location||Granada, Andalucia, Spain|
|Governing body||Ministry of Culture|
|Official name: Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada|
|Criteria||i, iii, iv|
|Designated||1984 (8th session)
1994 (18th session – Extension)
The Palacio de Generalife (Spanish pronunciation: [xe.ne.ɾa.ˈli.fe]; Arabic: جَنَّة الْعَرِيف Jannat al-‘Arīf, literally, "Architect's Garden") was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid Emirs (Kings) of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, now beside the city of Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.
The complex consists of the Patio de la Acequia (Court of the Water Channel or Water-Garden Courtyard), which has a long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions, and the Jardím de la Sultana (Sultana's Garden or Courtyard of the Cypress). The former is thought to best preserve the style of the medieval Persian garden in Al-Andalus.
The present-day gardens were started in 1931 and completed by Francisco Prieto Moreno in 1951. The walkways are paved in traditional Granadian style with a mosaic of pebbles: white ones from the River Darro and black ones from the River Genil.
Splash from fountains evaporating off stone cools the air
There is an imitation of part of the Generalife at Roundhay Park in Leeds, UK.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Generalife.|
- Alhambra and Generalife Official Site
- Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
- Museum With No Frontiers 
- BBC Picture Gallery
- Generalife plan