The Alhambra



This is the oldest part of the Alhambra. It was the defensive area of the complex, where the army was garrisoned. Mohammed I built a wall around the castle and built three towers: the Torre del Homenaje, the Torre de [...]

El Partal


This beautiful building – of which only a large pond, a five-arched portico and the Torre Mirador de las Damas remain – was built by Muhammad III. Next to it there are three small and modest houses, of which there [...]



The Palace and gardens are separate from the Alhambra and were used by the Nasrid kings as a retreat and a place of rest, particularly in the summer months. The Generalife is located in the so-called Cerro del Sol and [...]

Iglesia de Santa María de la Alhambra


Built on the ruins of Granada’s great royal mosque, this church is dedicated to St. Mary of the Alhambra. It was designed by Juan de Herrera, who began building it in 1581. The floor plan is in the shape of [...]



This part is also known as the ‘Alhambra Alta’, which was where the nobles of the court lived and where the administrative and religious centres were located. Here too were a number of palaces and gardens. The former convent of [...]

Nasrid Palaces


The Royal Palace is divided into three separate areas: El Mexuar This was where legal affairs and matters of state were discussed and carried out. In the raised chamber, which could be closed up with shutters, was where the sultan [...]

Palacio de Carlos V


Emperor Charles V moved his court to the Alhambra in the summer months of 1526. From that time on he wanted to make Granada one his main residences. For this reason he planned to build a new palace, connected to [...]

Patio de Lindaraja


The courtyard was built as part of the renovations for the visit of Emperor Charles V and Empress Elizabeth of Portugal to Granada during their honeymoon. The courtyard has a central fountain, six surrounding rooms and the Mirador de Lindaraja. [...]

Puerta de la Justicia


This gateway is located on the southern wall of the fortress next to the Pilar de Carlos V, and is currently the main entrance to the Alhambra. It has a huge horseshoe arch with a hand etched into a corner, [...]

Puerta de las Granadas


The gate was built in the 16th century to commemorate the visit of the Emperor, and it is therefore known as the Puerta de Carlos V. It is at the foot of the forest of the Alhambra, on the Cuesta [...]

Puerta del Vino


This is one of the oldest gateways in the Alhambra. It used to lead into the citadel, giving access to the inner section of the fortified upper Alhambra. Since 1556, the inhabitants of the Alhambra left the wine that they [...]

Royal Baths


The Royal Baths in the Palacio de Comares are the only medieval Islamic hamams in the Western world that are so well preserved. This is one of the most intriguing and interesting parts of the Alhambra for visitors and artists [...]

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