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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.
Come here directly after visiting the Nasrid Palaces on your tour of the Alhambra. It'll help you to bring the place to life. You'll find an interesting collection of furniture, pottery, money, clothing, scientific instruments and other objects that were used as part of daily life in the palaces during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The fabulous blue and gold ceramic Jarre las Gacelas, or Alhambra Vase, is the showpiece item. You'll find it on the ground floor of Palacio de Carlos V (Carlos V's Palace).
For 20 years the internationally famous composer, Manuel de Falla lived and worked in this lovely old Moorish-style house in the Antequeruela district, on the eastern slopes of the Alhambra hill. It's fascinating to wander around the house that has been kept just as he left it before heading for exile in Argentina in 1939, to escape fascist Spain. You'll see the piano he used to compose some of his popular pieces, along with his books, manuscripts, photos and other personal items. Falla's work is always played during the International Festival of Music and Dance. The nearby concert hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, regularly puts on his work.
The brilliant poet Federico García Lorca wrote some of his best work at the Huerta de San Vicente. What was once the countryside around his family's summer home has been turned into a museum which houses his works. You can visit the house where he spent some of his youth and where he wrote, composed and painted with great skill. Inside, you'll see an exhibition of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, personal items and photographs relating to his life. The city park on the outside is a beautiful tribute to the artiste. Guided tours are also available. Temporary exhibitions, concerts and children's activities are organized here on a regular basis. Group visits can be arranged in advance.
Hike up to Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte for a day of learning and fun. Step inside former cave houses of the Romani people who inhabited this region and learn about their history. The cave dwellings have been well maintained and will let you get a glimpse of history. Surrounded by natural beauty, Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte also offers art exhibitions, tours around the caves, live flamenco shows, film screenings, and more.