Alhambra is the palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada in Spain. The literal meaning of Alhambra is “the red” in Arabic. The reddish color of tapia was used to build the outer walls.
Ibn al-Ahmar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty, built Alhambra between 1238 and 1358. Yusuf, I had contributed to the magnificent decorations of the interior. After 1492, the interior and furniture were demolished after the expulsion of the Moors. Charles V destroyed part of Alhambra to build an Italianate palace in 1526. Pedro Machuca designed it in the Renaissance style.
Initially, it was designed as a military zone. Later, it became the royal residence and court of Granada in the mid-13th century.
The Palace and Grounds
A locale of rare natural beauty surrounds the Alhambra, and the plateau overlooks the Albaicin quarter of Granada's Moorish old city. Darro River meanders through a deep ravine on the north at the base of the plateau. Moors planted myrtles, oranges, and roses in the park. The duke of Wellington brought English elms in 1812 during the Peninsular War.
Gate of Pomegranates
Puerta de las Granadas is the lower entrance to the park with a massive triumphal arch that dates back to the 16th century. Inside, you will get a statue of American author Washington Irving.
Gate of Judgment
It was an informal court of justice by the Moors. The Alcazaba or the citadel is the oldest Moorish portion; only ruins of outer walls, towers, and ramparts are left. Alhambra palace and Alhambra Alta are other parts of it.
Court of the Myrtles
A large reflecting pond is set in the marble pavement. The Palacio de Comares (Comares Palace) and the Facade of Comares are adjacent to the courtyard.
Court of the Lions
The Patio de los Leones is a court 116 feet (35 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) wide.
An ornately decorated gallery surrounds the court. Around 124 white marble columns support the gallery. A pavilion with wooden domed ceiling and filigree walls project into the court. This pavilion is modeled upon a Cistercian lavabo. White marble is used in paving the colonnade. Fountain of the Lions is in the center. The figures of 12 white marble lions support an alabaster basin. Marble lions are the emblems of courage and strength.
Hall of the Ambassadors
It is the largest room in the Alhambra inside Comares Tower. It was a reception room. The throne of the sultan lies next to the entrance.
Hall of the Two Sisters
Two large white marble slabs were laid as part of the pavement.
Hill of the Sun, Generalife, Garden of the Architect, Court of the Sultana’s Cypress, Court of the irrigation Channel are other structures. A theatre in the Generalife holds international performances of music and dance. The Alhambra and the Generalife were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
These are some of the activities rooted in the culture of the Granadian city.
This is where flamenco shows are staged. The heiress of the old café singer is local with an intimate atmosphere. The most passionate amateurs are called “flamenco temples."The tablaos have been instrumental to the recovery and sustenance of flamenco art.
This is a kind of Arab bath in a steam mode that includes cleansing the body and relaxation.