Did you know: Granada was originally an Iberian settlement and later a Roman town, but it did not become important until it came under the influence of the Moors. In the 8th century it was first governed by the caliphate of Damascus, and Granada later was sometimes called the "Damascus of the West." The Moors made Granada a flourishing city from the 9th to 15th centuries. For about 60 years, beginning in 1031, it was ruled by an independent local dynasty, the Zirids. The city then fell to the Almoravids, a Muslim Berber dynasty from North Africa, in 1090. Numerous palaces were constructed in Granada during the period of Almoravid domination, which lasted until 1149.
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