Granada, an European city for a PHOTO MARATHON

Even in cities such as Granada in Spain where old structures of our History are still present. The European Union and its symbols such as the European flag are spreading in the city and embody the European democratic values. Those symbols remain important and essential in order, for the citizens, to gain understanding of the EU, to learn more about democracy and to start identify with European society.

The « My democratic Europe » project aims at promoting images and speeches about the current state of democracy and the future of Europe and invite citizens to participate in activities their country history and European democracies. The below pictures are the result of the « photo marathon” activity that wants to make Europe visible in each countries and cities.

Our city  still embodies southern spanish culture.

Indeed, walking in the streets of Granada is discovering Spanish history and its culture with typical art creations, sculptures, buildings and colours of Spain in each neighbourhood. Notable emblematic places UNESCO world heritage site like Alhambra and Albaicin can be discovered.

Albaicin retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past dating back to the Zirid dynasty. The Moorish quarter of the Albaicín is a labyrinth of alleys and plazas lined with a multitude of whitewashed houses. After the reconquest of Granada by the Catholic kings in 1492, the original mosques of this Moorish neighbourhood were destroyed and replaced by churches.

The Alhambra is a fortified medieval palace in Granada. It is one of the highest places in Spain. The palace complex of the Alhambra dates from the period of the Moorish rulers. The palace is made up of beautiful rectangular courtyards with numerous fountains, buildings and courts.

The « photo marathon » activity outcomes will be shown in international exhibitions in each city, where the current challenges of democracy will be discussed. These photos invite the participants to talk about Europe, their countries, cultures and heritages which is one the objective of the project.

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