Palacio de Carlos V
Museo de la Alhambra
Inside the Alhambra's Palacio de Carlos V, the Museo de la Alhambra has an absorbing collection of Islamic artefacts from the Alhambra...
Museo de Bellas Artes
Museo de Bellas Artes inside the Alhambra complex is worth a visit for its impressive collection of Granada-related paintings and...
This is the Alhambra's true gem, the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe, with its perfectly proportioned rooms and courtyards,...
Palacio de Carlos V information
This huge Renaissance palace sticks out like a sore thumb in the Alhambra, because it clashes spectacularly with the style of its surroundings; were it in a different setting its merits would be more readily appreciated. Begun in 1527 by Pedro Machuca, an architect from Toledo who studied under Michelangelo, it was financed, perversely, from taxes on the Granada area's Morisco (converted Muslim) population.
Funds dried up after the Moriscos rebelled in 1568, and the palace remained roofless until the early 20th century. The main (western) façade features three porticos divided by pairs of fluted columns, with bas-relief battle carvings at their feet. The building is square but contains a two-tiered circular courtyard with 32 columns. This circle inside a square is the only Spanish example of a Renaissance ground plan symbolising the unity of earth and heaven. Inside are two museums: the ground-floor Museo de la Alhambra and the upstairs is the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum).