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After a long walk through the lovely and historical neighborhoods of Granada, you may want to stop for awhile to catch your breath and relax your tired legs. You may visit la Universidad de Granada Botanical Garden near the center of the city, which can serve as a resting place. This huge garden, originally built for university students of medicine, will also help you gain some valuable knowledge about various plants. This is also an ideal place for couples on a romantic journey.
You could spend the whole day just visiting monumental religious buildings in the vicinity of Calle San Juan de Dios. This sumptuous stone church with its spherical dome, graceful Doric columns and classical form is one of the finest works of religious architecture in Granada. Built on the site of the Majadalbecy mosque, it was originally part of a Jesuit college. Work began in 1556 and continued until 1719 when the portico and baroque tower were completed. The main façade is decorated with marble reliefs depicting the Jesuit saints. The sacristy contains a rich collection of religious art.
Palacio de los Olvidados documents the rough history of Sephardic Jews (the Jewish community of Spain), their exile from the country, or the choice of losing lives over exile. The chronology is well-presented, and the display spurs strong emotions. The museum also hosts other forms of story-telling, such as the Spanish Flamenco dance, dramatically demonstrating the skirmish of the bygone era. There are also musical concerts and and plays. Palacio de los Olvidados is worth a visit for a glance in this historic time.
This was one of the first religious buildings that the Catholic Monarchs commissioned after their conquest of the city in 1492. It was once part of the adjoining Santa Cruz Convent that has since been transformed into attractive university halls of residence. Work began early in the 16th century and the completed structure displays a mixture of different architectural styles. The late Gothic style predominates, but you'll also see Renaissance and Roman features. The main altarpiece in the transept is a fine example of locally created baroque art, by Blas Moreno.
This 11th-century public bathhouse is one of the best preserved buildings of the period. It's been carefully restored and still gives you a feel of what it must have been like nearly 1000 years ago. During the Moorish occupation of the city, there were many bathhouses around town. It has a social as well as a religious function. The Romans were probably here first, using the water from the adjacent River Darro.