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Beyond the church, the Palacio de Carlos V clashes spectacularly with the style of its surroundings.
The hulking palace, begun in by the Toledo architect Pedro Machuca, features a monumental facade and a two-tiered circular courtyard ringed by 32 columns. This circle inside a square is the only Spanish example of a Renaissance ground plan symbolising the unity of heaven and earth.
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Inside the palace are two museums: the Museo de la Alhambra , which showcases an absorbing collection of Islamic artefacts, including the door from the Sala de Dos Hermanas; and the Museo de Bellas Artes , home to a collection of 15th- to 20th-century artworks. Occupying the western tip of the Alhambra are the martial remnants of the Alcazaba , the site's original 13th-century citadel.
The Torre de la Vela Watchtower is famous as the tower where the cross and banners of the Reconquista were raised in January A winding staircase leads to the top where you can enjoy sweeping views over Granada's rooftops. Entrance is through the Mexuar , a 14th-century hall where the council of ministers would sit and the emir would adjudicate citizens' appeals.
Two centuries later, it was converted into a chapel, with a prayer room at the far end. Look up here and elsewhere to appreciate the geometrically carved wood ceilings.
From the Mexuar, you pass into the Patio del Cuarto Dorado , a courtyard where the emirs gave audiences, with the Cuarto Dorado Golden Room on the left. Opposite the Cuarto Dorado is the entrance to the Palacio de Comares through a beautiful facade of glazed tiles, stucco and carved wood.
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A dogleg corridor a common strategy in Islamic architecture to keep interior rooms private leads through to the Patio de los Arrayanes Court of the Myrtles. The construction of the palaces called Casa Real Vieja dates back to the 14th century and is the work of two great kings: Yusuf I and Muhammed V. His son, Muhammed V, completed the beautification of the palaces with the Hall of Lions, in addition to other rooms and fortifications.
Later, several structures were built to house prominent citizens, military barracks, a Church and a Franciscan Monastery. This website uses its own and third party cookies to optimize your navigation, adapt to your preferences and carry out analytical work. Continuing browsing accepts cookies policy.