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Alhambra

Alhambra

The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture. Set against the brooding Sierra Nevada peaks, this fortified palace started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Granada

Capilla Real

Capilla Real

The Royal Chapel is the last resting place of Spain’s Reyes Católicos (Catholic Monarchs), Isabel I de Castilla (1451–1504) and Fernando II de Aragón (1452–1516), who commissioned the elaborate...

Top ChoiceBasilica in Granada

Basílica San Juan de Dios

Built between 1737 and 1759, this spectacular basilica unveils a blinding display of opulent baroque decor. Barely an inch of its interior lacks embellishment, most of it in gleaming gold and silver. Frescos by...

Islamic Palace in Granada

Palacios Nazaríes

Palacios Nazaríes

This is the stunning centrepiece of the Alhambra, the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe, with perfectly proportioned rooms and courtyards, intricately moulded stucco walls, beautiful tiling, fine carved...

Architecture in Granada

Sala de Dos Hermanas

The richly decorated Sala de Dos Hermanas (Hall of Two Sisters), in the Palacios Nazaríes section of the Alhambra, sits on the northern side of the Patio de los Leones. Probably named after the slabs of white...

Courtyard in Granada

Patio de los Leones

The celebrated Patio de los Leones (Lion Courtyard) sits at the core of the Palacio de los Leones, the palace built in the Alhambra in the second half of the 14th century by Mohammed V. Its best-known feature is...

Architecture in Granada

Sala de los Abencerrajes

This is one of the star rooms in the Alhambra. Boasting a mesmerising octagonal stalactite ceiling, it's the legendary site of the murders of the noble Abencerraj family, whose leader, the story goes, dared to...

Architecture in Granada

Salón de los Embajadores

The Chamber of the Ambassadors is where the emirs would have conducted negotiations with Christian emissaries on the Alhambra. Located in the Torre de Comares, it has a marvellous domed marquetry ceiling...

Courtyard in Granada

Patio de los Arrayanes

In the Alhambra, this elegant patio is the central courtyard of the Palacio de Comares, the palace built in the mid-14th century as Emir Yusuf I’s official residence. It takes its name from the myrtle hedges that...

Palace in Granada

Palacio de Carlos V

This huge Renaissance palace clashes spectacularly with the style of its surroundings on the Alhambra. Its main (western) facade features three porticoes divided by pairs of fluted columns, with bas-relief battle...

Monastery in Granada

Monasterio de la Cartuja

Monasterio de la Cartuja

Built between the 16th and 18th centuries by the Carthusian monks themselves, this monastery features an imposing sandstone exterior and some incredibly lavish baroque decor. A highlight is the sagrario...

Cathedral in Granada

Catedral de Granada

Catedral de Granada

From street level it’s difficult to appreciate the immensity of Granada’s cavernous, boxed-in cathedral. But it’s nonetheless a monumental work of architecture, and one of Spain's largest cathedrals. Built atop...

Islamic Palace in Granada

Mexuar

This 14th-century hall forms the entrance to the Palacios Nazaríes in the Alhambra. Originally, the council of ministers would have met here and the Sultan would have heard appeals from private citizens. The...

Tower in Granada

Torre de Comares

Rising above the Patio de los Arrayanes (Patio of the Myrtles) on the Alhambra, this tower houses two fine rooms: the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the Blessing), with a beautiful wooden ceiling, and the Salón de los...

Fortress in Granada

Alcazaba

Occupying the western tip of the Alhambra are the martial ramparts and towers of the Alcazaba, the site's original 13th-century citadel. The Torre de la Vela (Watchtower) is famous as the tower where the cross...

Gardens in Granada

Jardines del Partal

An area of beautiful terraced gardens laid out in the Alhambra in the 20th century. Its most famous landmark is the Palacio del Partal, a 14th-century porticoed palace fronted by a still, reflecting pool. From...

Islamic Palace in Granada

Palacio del Generalife

This whitewashed country house served as the sultan's summer palace on the Alhambra. In the Generalife gardens, it boasts a series of delightful courtyards – in the second one, the trunk of a 700-year-old cypress...

Courtyard in Granada

Patio de la Lindaraja

In the Palacios Nazaríes on the Alhambra, this is a beautiful porticoed patio with trees and a small formal garden set around a central fountain. In the southwest corner is the bathhouse – you can’t enter, but...

Gardens in Granada

Jardines Nuevos

Also known as the Jardines Bajos (Lower Gardens), these gardens were laid in the Alhambra in the early 20th century as an approach to the Palacio del Generalife.