GRANADA, CITY OF LITERATURE
The 1st of December 2014 Granada received the Creative City designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in the category of Literature. Granada is very culturally connected with Latin America and the Maghreb. The city has been recognised as the first Unesco City of Literature in Spanish language.
Granada has always been the breeding ground for poets, writers and intellectuals of great importance. Granada has been a recurring theme in literature from the poems in stone of Ibn Zamrak on the walls of the Alhambra, to Federico Garcia Lorca complete life’s work. As a result of the poet’s lega cy, the city has held the greatest events, institutions, and infrastructure. This tradition still exists today, and Granada is one of the most important cities regarding the literature industry, and the activities related to the art of words.
POETS IN THE CARMEN OF THE MARTYRS GARDEN
The poetic route occurs in the most singular spaces of this house loaded with history. The poet Saint John of the Cross lived in this typical Grenadian house from 1582 to 1588. During this time he was the prior of the Carmelita of the Martyrs Monastery. He produced a large number of poems in these gardens, and they are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature. His memory still remains in works such as the aqueduct he made build next to the garden or de legendary cedar of Saint John. The poet Jose Zorrilla, author of Don Juan Tenori o, also lived in the Carmen of the Martyrs during his stay in Granada, where he received the title of National Laureate in 1889.
These gardens of literature are also the place for the best contemporary poets: the winners of the International Poetry Awards of the City of Granada (named Federico García Lorca). Every year, these awards recognise the most outstanding authors and their contribution to the Hispanic literature.
Corners full of beauty and stillness converted into enclaves for reading and contemplation, which invite you to sit down and read some of the best contemporary poets of our.