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Santa Fe de la Vega - Granada, Spain
Located in Southern Spain, Santa Fe is a small town with a big historical significance. Known as the “Cradle of Hispanity,” Santa Fe was the site the Reconquista’s culmination. One can thank this city for the existence of New Mexico’s Santa Fe, as it was the meeting site of Catholic kings and Columbus to arrange funding of his travels to the East Indies. Although, much of the original architecture of the city was destroyed in an earthquake, a few remnants still exist, namely the three monumental gates surrounding the area named, “Loja, Granda and Savilla,” The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, which dates back to the 18th century, and The Hermitage of Cristo de la Salud which dates back to the 15th century.
The capital of the province of Granada, the city has taken the same name and is one of the large urban centers of Spain with a great cultural history. The city sits at the confluence of four rivers, the Beiro, the Darro, the Genil, and the Monachil. A popular tourist destination, Granada is home to the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. The Alhambra exemplifies the last of Moorish dominion and influence within Spain, and the penetration of Islamic art into European culture. As such, it is one of the most visited historical sites in Spain. Additionally the Palacio de Generalife, the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid Emirs is situated beside Granada. One of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens, the Jardin de la Sultana is located inside. Originally the Alhambra and the Generalife were connected by a walkway, although now a ravine lies between the two. Although these are the most famous attractions in Granada, the city is home to many wonderful museums, gardens and works of architecture.
Santa Fe de la Vega – Granada, Spain was one of Santa Fe's first Sister Cities. The cities share many historical and cultural events and seek to strengthen their relationship through cultural, economic and tourist-based exchanges.
Santa Fe de la Vega, Spain and Santa Fe, New Mexico by Frederico Vigil