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Granada: Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte

After touring Abadio del Sacromonte, high above Granada, I walked back down, stopping along the way to tour the Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte. People have lived in cave homes in various locations around the world, and I was curious about this type of house. I learned of the cave houses from the book “Secret Granada” by Cesar Requesens, which I purchased prior to my trip as an addendum to my travel guide book.

The houses were a striking contrast to typical Granada homes. Not just because they were caves. The homes in Granada were very private and inward focused. A typical Granada home has high walls with no windows around its perimeter. The house is built around the inside of the perimeter wall, facing inward to a central courtyard. The cave homes were the opposite. The homes were carved from the mountain side where it curved around forming the homes into a sweeping semi-circle. The houses opening on the community shared spaced in the center.

The cave homes themselves were interesting, though they felt very foreign. These homes were fairly small and simple. From looking at photos of other locations around Granada, there were much larger and more sophisticated cave homes. I had the sense that the community that had lived there was very tight-knit. It looked like the community was self-sufficient, producing their own food and goods. The museum provided old photos showing the flamenco dancers, who would have lived here.

Cave homes seem unique to me. This was the first time I had visited cave homes. I’ve looked at pictures in books of various known cave homes in Turkey and Iran. The museum provided information for various cave homes around the world, so I took photos of the museum’s info about the ones in Bulgaria and India in hopes that I might get to visit someday.

I ended my visit and continued my walk back down to Granada, snapping photos of scenic views of Generalife and the Alhambra.

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