Madraza Palace of Granada
The Madraza was the first university in Granada. It was inaugurated in 1349 by the Nazarite King Yusuf I and taught law, theology, medicine and mathematics, amongst other subjects.
After the city was conquered by the Christians, the Madraza continued to operate as University until 1499. But with the arrival in Granada of Cardinal Cisneros the old tolerance policy which existed in the city was replaced by forced conversions, which led to a rebellion b the Muslims of Granada. This situation was used by Cisneros as an excuse to loot the library of the Madrasa and burn all of its books in the Bib-Rambla square.
The University was then closed and the Catholic Monarchs used it as a council headquarters and place of meeting for the rulers of Granada.
In 1772, the Madraza was almost completely derelict, only the prayer hall surviving, which still has its mihrab, and part of its white marble cover. The rest of the ruins are preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Granada.
Subsequently a baroque palace was built around a courtyard with marble columns. The box staircase is covered with a Churrigueresque dome and the facade has a stone entrance and balconies of wood and forged iron.
Today the Madraza Palace is home to various departments of the University of Granada.
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