f there is a place that illustrates the concept of how meetings change the world, it is the historic city of Granada, Spain,
which will host MPI’s 2017 European Meetings & Events
A much smaller meeting, but one that proved earth shaking,
took place there in 1492 in the palace at The Alhambra, when
Christopher Columbus met with King Ferdinand and Queen
Isabella to ask for ;inancial backing to seek a westward ocean
route to China—eventually landing in North America. The Alhambra, a well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site—one of
many historic sites that make it one of the most visited cities in
Spain—will host a complimentary tour for EMEC attendees on
Sunday, March 5.
A massive royal complex originally built in the 11th and 12th
centuries by the Moorish sultans after their invasion of Spain
and later taken over by Spanish royalty when Spain took Granada back from the Moors, The Alhambra now includes a museum
with many objects from the site of the monument itself.
The historic complex and the Granada Congress Center—
EMEC’s host venue—are situated in the central city. The con-
gress center, which includes a 20,000-square-foot exhibition
hall, an auditorium that seats 2,000 and various meeting rooms,
is an easy cab ride from historic sites around the city that offer
stunning examples of not only 12th-century Moorish architec-
ture but classic examples of Spanish architecture from the cen-
turies that have followed.
Transportation around the historic district is not limited to
conventional taxis. There are Segway tours, bicycle tours, walking tours and other ways to see this centuries-old metropolis up
Other popular and widely visited sites include the following.
The Generalife, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a massive
garden also built during the Moorish occupation of Spain in the
12th century. Located immediately adjacent to The Alhambra,
the original function of the Generalife was to provide a relaxing
place for those who toiled long hours working in the palaces.
The garden complex contains orchards, sculptures and fountains and is located on the slopes of the Cerro del Sol hill, which
is visible from various vantage points around the city.
Built during the Spanish Renaissance of the early 16th century, the Granada Cathedral is a grand piece of architecture
that was commissioned to the famous designers Juan Gil de
Hontañón and Enrique Egas. Highlights of the church include
praying statues of the Catholic Monarchs, which can be found
Meetings can change the world in Granada, Spain, host city
for MPI’s 2017 European Meetings & Events Conference.
BY ROWLAND STITELER