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Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Alhambra is a palace complex in Granada, Spain. It was built between 1238 and 1358 by the rulers of the Emirate of Granada, the Nasrid dynasty. The most famous part of the Alhambra is undoubtedly the Fountain of the Lions. The foutain is located in the inner courtyard of the palace, the Courtyard of the Lions. The Mexuar is the oldest part of the Alhambra. The 14th century, the Generalife was the summer residence of the rulers of the Emirate of Granada. The Mezquita of Córdoba and the Alhambra in Granada are the most magnificent monuments of Arabic architecture in the Western World. In the 16th century, the Palace of Emperor Charles V was built inside the fortifications of the Alhambra. The Dutch artist Escher was inspired by the geometric decorations of the Alhambra. The Alhambra and the Generalife in Granada were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. In 1994, the Albayzin was added to the site. The Albayzín is the old Arabic quarter of Granada. The World Heritage is now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as: Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada. World Heritage Art: Alhambra

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Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Courtyard of the Myrtles, Patio de Arrayanes. The central pond is 34 metres long...

Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Courtyard of the Myrtles, Patio de Arrayanes. The central pond is 34 metres long and 7 metres wide, it was created as a reflecting pond. The surface of the green water reflects the surrounding buildings. The most important chambers that surround the Patio de Arrayanes are part of the Comares Palace of the Alhambra, the residence of the king. The Alhambra gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

  1. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Courtyard of the Myrtles, Patio de Arrayanes. The central pond is 34 metres long...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Courtyard of the Myrtles, Patio de Arrayanes. The central pond is 34 metres long and 7 metres wide, it was created as a reflecting pond. The surface of the green water reflects the surrounding buildings. The most important chambers that surround the Patio de Arrayanes are part of the Comares Palace of the Alhambra, the residence of the king. The Alhambra gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

  2. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín in Granada: A detail of the Lion Palace of the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a huge fortress and...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín in Granada: A detail of the Lion Palace of the Alhambra. The Alhambra is a huge fortress and palace complex in Granada. It was built in the period 1238-1358 by the rulers of the Emirate of Granada, the Nasrid dynasty. The Alhambra is lavishly decorated with carved stucco façades, reliefs, mosaics and geometric tile-wotk. The Alhambra is a highlight of the Arabic architecture in Europe. The Alhambra in Granada is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  3. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Fountain of the Lions is situated in the middle of the Courtyard of the...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Fountain of the Lions is situated in the middle of the Courtyard of the Lions, the heart of the Alhambra. The alabaster basin of the fountain is supported by the statues of twelve white marble lions, the symbols of sovereignty, strenght and power. The fountain is probably the most famous part of the Alhambra. The Patio of the Lions and the Fountain of the Lions are located in the Lion Palace, the former harem of the Alhambra.

  4. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - The Generalife with the patio de la Acequia, the Courtyard of the Water Channel. The Generalife is situated near the Alhambra, it was...

    The Generalife with the patio de la Acequia, the Courtyard of the Water Channel. The Generalife is situated near the Alhambra, it was designed as a rural villa, it was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. The Generalife was surrounded by decorative gardens, fruit plots and vegetable gardens. The Generalife was the summer palace of the Nasrid dynasty that ruled Granada The Generalife is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada. 

  5. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The circular patio of the Palace of Emperor Charles V has two levels. The square...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The circular patio of the Palace of Emperor Charles V has two levels. The square Renaissance palace is situated inside the Nasrid fortifications of the Alhambra. Emperor Charles V ordered the construction of the palace inside to the Alhambra to enjoy its beauty. The building has never been his residence and was never home to a monarch. The construction of the Palace of Charles V started in 1527, but it was never completely finished.

  6. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín in Granada: A detail of the Palace of Emperor Charles V, the palace was never completely...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín in Granada: A detail of the Palace of Emperor Charles V, the palace was never completely finished and remained roofless until 1957. The Renaissance palace is a large square-shaped building containing an unique inner circula-shaped patio. The Palace is situated inside the fortifications of the Alhambra. Nowadays, the palace houses the first public museum in Spain, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada, the Museum of Fine Arts in Granada.

  7. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Alhambra and the Promenade of the Towers in front of the Sierra Nevada, the...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Alhambra and the Promenade of the Towers in front of the Sierra Nevada, the Promenade of the Towers follows the main fortified wall of the Alhambra from the Garden of the Partal Palace until the Generalife and Upper Alhambra and is passing a number of defensive towers. The wall offers beautiful views over the Generalife with its famous terraced water gardens.

  8. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Patio de Arrayanes, the Court of the Myrtles, is situated east of the Gilded Room and...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Patio de Arrayanes, the Court of the Myrtles, is situated east of the Gilded Room and west of the Patio of the Lions. The patio is named after the evergreen myrtle shrubs that surround the rectangular central pond, the patio is surrounded on all sides by the chambers of the Comares Palace. The Alhambra and Generalife in Granada were declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. In 1994, the Albayzin was added to the site.

  9. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Patio del Mexuar and the entrance to the Hall of the Mexuar, the oldest part of the...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: The Patio del Mexuar and the entrance to the Hall of the Mexuar, the oldest part of the palaces inside the Alhambra. The Mexuar was the audience chamber. The Mexuar was damaged caused by the explosion of a powder magazine in 1590, it was restored and since then it has undergone many changes. Around 1632, a Christian chapel and a choir were built inside the Mexuar, the decorated coffered ceiling dates from this period.

  10. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín - Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: Overlooking the Albayzin from the Tower of the Candle along the Promenade of the...

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada: Overlooking the Albayzin from the Tower of the Candle along the Promenade of the Towers. The Promenade of the Towers follows the main wall of the Alhambra. There are four main gates in the wall and it has also a large number of defensive watchtowers, such as the Torre de la Vela, the Tower of the Candle. The Albayzín is the historic Arabic quarter of Granada.