Alhambra of Granada
The Alhambra is a fortress and palace complex, which housed the court of the Nazari Kingdom of Granada. Summit of Andalusian art, is the powerful symbol of the city of Granada, declared Patrimony Heritage by UNESCO in 1984.
It name comes from Arabic Al-Hamra (The Red) and its construction initiated in 1234 by order of the first king of the Kingdom of Granada and founder of the Nazari dynasty Mohamed-Ben-Nazar, also known as Muhammad I. It was his son, Muhammad II, who ordered the major part of the palatial areas to be built, and later Yusuf I built the Tower of Comares and Muhammed V the famous Courtyard of Lions (Patio de los Leones, in Spanish).
The grounds of the Alhambra could be divided into four sectors: The Alcazaba military compound and defense, The Nazari Palaces, the Palace of Charles V and the Generalife Gardens.
The Alcazaba is the oldest part of the Alhambra. Although main buildings date from the time Nazari, it is believed to have been built on the remains of an ancient Roman fort.
The Nazarí Palaces are made up of two palaces: the Palace of Comares and The Palace of Lions. They were utilized to develop administrative functions and house the offices of the court and the King. The decoration of interior of Palaces is one of the best examples of Andalus art. Highlights include the Courtyard of the Myrtles, the Hall of Comares or Ambassadors, the Courtyard of Lions and the Board of the Abencerrajes.
The Palace of Charles V was built by the emperor, who wanted have a larger home with more amenities than those of the Nazari palaces, but at the same time be near the Alhambra to continue to enjoy its beauty. Construction began in 1527 and the palace is one of the finest Renaissance works outside of Italy. The floor of the palace is a square with each side measuring 63 meters with a impressive circular courtyard inside. It houses the Museum of Alhambra, which displays objects of artistic and architectural Alhambra.
Opening Hours Alhambra of Granada:
The box office opens half hour before opening time of the Alhambra and closes one hour before closing time. We recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid long lines.
Opening Hours Museum of Alhambra
Ticket Price Alhambra of Granada:
All times and ticket prices are approximate. To confirm times and fares see the official sites.