La Madraza Palace

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Located opposite the Royal Chapel, this building housed the Muslim School of Islamic Law founded by Yusuf I in the 14th century. After the city was captured by the Catholic Kings, the building became Granada’s first City Hall.

It was here that the so-called Caballeros 24 met, the elite group who governed the city.

A horseshoe archway opens out onto an elegant mihrab, the only part of the Islamic building still in existence. Inside, the splendid decoration is redolent of the Alhambra.

The Baroque palace, which was built later, is arranged around a courtyard with galleries of arches resting on Tuscan columns. The stairwell is covered with a semi-circular dome decorated in Churrigueresque style.

The façade is Baroque and made of stone, whilst the windows and balconies are made of wood and wrought iron. The sloping roof is made of traditional Arabic tiles, and the eaves have decorated wooden beams supporting them.

Currently the palace houses a number of departments of the University of Granada. 


Region: Granada and its surroundings
Municipality: Granada
Address: Oficios, 14


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