Granada’s Alhambra

Known as the best example of Moorish architecture to be seen today, the Alhambra was home to the Moorish rulers of southern Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is a vast palace and fort complex strategically located on a hill-top promontory overlooking the Darro River and present day Granada, that was declared a national monument in 1870.


The Generalife Palace, or Palacio de Generalife, was the Summer palace for the Nasrid sultans during their reign. Built in the 1300s, it has spectacular views across to the Nasrid Palace section of the Alhambra.


Courtyard of the Myrtles is the Alhambra, known as the best example of Moorish architecture to be seen today. It was home to the Moorish rulers of southern Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries.


Courtyard of the Lions at the Alhambra, which was home to the Moorish rulers of southern Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. It’s a vast palace and fort complex located on a hill-top overlooking the Darro River and present day Granada.


Palace of Carlos V or the Palacio de Carlos V was built by at the request of the Catholic monarch, Charles V, in the 1500s on what was previously the site of the mosque. It is unusual in that it contains an inner circular courtyard.


View of the Alhambra from St Nicholas Square across the Darro River.


Exterior detail of the relatively modern Palace of Carlos V.


A fountain at the Alhambra, that was declared a national monument in 1870.


Alhambra zellij or mosaic tiling that is similar to that seen widely across Morocco.


Gate of Wine


This door at the edge of the Nasrid Palace complex in the Alhambra is surrounded by rambling plumbago that was covered in blue flowers.


These arches in the Courtyard of the Lions are decorated with intricate stucco or carved plasterwork.


Church of Santa Maria at the Alhambra

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