Alhambra - Alcazar, Granada

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    Alhambra - Hall of Ambassadors

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 13, 2006

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    Granada - Alhambra - Hall of Ambassadors - Ceiling

    There is a magnificent Hall of Ambassadors in Comares Tower. The well-known cedar ceiling is bordered by a stalactite frieze. The ceiling consists of three narrowed inclined planes completed by a small dome. The arrangement of a pattern corresponds to seven heavenly spheres of islam.

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    Alhambra - Alcazar - Abenserrah Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 12, 2006

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    Granada - Alhambra - Alcazar - Abenserrah Hall

    There are Abenserrah Hall and the Royal Hall which come into a lion's court yard. Abenserrah Hall has such a name according to a legend. The emir has decapitated 100 Abenserrah brothers here in a punishment one of them has fallen in love in a concubine of emir.

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    The First Residence

    by hquittner Written Mar 8, 2006

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    The Alcazar was the first large fortress (11C and earlier) on the western tip of the plateau. Enclosed in its remaining walls and towers are the later time excavations of old buildings and baths which were under a parade ground (Plaza de Armas). The westernmost and tallest tower (la Vela) can be ascended. It rewards with views of Central Granada and in the opposite direction the Plaza area, the eastern towers and the Palace of Carlos V( 2). On the upper level of the tower is a signal bell and its housing (1). The complex is approached from the Patio de los Aljibes (3) which is next to the Puerta del Vino which has fine tilework surrounding its arch (4,5). Our advanced age and the time constraints of our day trip did not permit us to explore the Alcazar, but we had done so in a leisurely manner 20 years previous.(1,2)

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    Puerta de la Justicia

    by aaaarrgh Updated Nov 27, 2005

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    holds the key

    Granada's 'Gate of Justice' is one of the main entrances/exits you take to get through the Alhambra walls. It is also the biggest gate, very imposing in its typical red stone. It leads you to the area in front of the Alcazar castle.

    I had to look very closely to spot a hand carved above the large arch and a key above the smaller arch. These are actually Islamic symbols, but the rumour was that the Alhambra would only be captured when the hand reached down to grab the key.

    Well, belive it or not that must have been what happened, because Granada was captured by Spain's Catholic monarchs in 1492!!

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    The Alcazaba

    by Hopkid Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Prominent atop the hill which also contains the Alhambra, the Alcazaba was built as the fortress to protect the Nasrid kings. A garrison of soldiers lived and worked within its walls. It consists of several towers and connecting ramparts and the remains of the lower portions of bulidings in the interior that housed the soldiers and their operations. The tower with the flags is the Torre de la Vela or Watch Tower. A small spiral staircase takes visitors to the top and also features a large bell which is rung on certain festive occassions.

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    Alcazaba

    by smschley Updated Mar 23, 2005

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    The Alcazaba (also known as the red fort, due to the color of the rock that makes up its walls) is the oldest part of the Alhambra. This site is at the highest point of the hill and it is thought that this area's history goes back the furthest due to its strategic location. The first Arab constructions date from the Caliph period, possibly on the remains of a Roman fortification. In the eleventh century the Ziries extended the area when Granada became the capital of one of the Taifas [small independent kingdoms]. Nevertheless, the main constructions date from the Nasrid period, the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. The complex also includes some Christian additions, such as the round Torre Del Cubo [Cube Tower].

    The Alcazaba was designed to be a separate, self-contained town and defensive position. Not only was it the military fortress, but it also housed the elite guard and internal security which protected the Sultan and his family.
    At one time this tower defended a town of over 2,000 moors living within the Alhambra’s wall. It contains the famous Torre de la Vela, a watchtower that has an unbeatable view of the city, the Vega (fertile plain) and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can explore a number of different areas, but perhaps the highlight is climbing the dark, spiral staircase up to the top of the watchtower for a magnificent 360-degree view of Granada far below. The soldiers' houses have disappeared, and the dungeons are closed, but you can walk along some towers, the rampart and parapet walks and see the remains of the baths, silo, cisterns, etc.


    In 1492 when the 700 year long battle (Reconquista) was completed under the flags of Aragon and Castle, the fleeing Moorish King Boabil wept and was chastised by his mother for weeping like women when he couldn’t defend Granada like a man. Castile and Aragon were united by marriage in 1469, but technically they remained separate administrative units while Ferdinand and Isabella were alive.

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    Climbing the Tower at the Alcazar

    by easyoar Updated Dec 24, 2004

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    View from the Tower in the Alcazar

    The best reason to go into the Alcazar is to climb the Tower as it gives very good views, and aslo gives you a better idea of the site of this Castle. There are normally around three flags flying on top of the Tower. From memory they are the Spanish flag, the Andalusian Flag and the flag for Granada.

    This picture shows the view from the top of the tower. There are also very good views across into Granada Town too. although these are not shown here.

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    The Alcazar at the Alhambra

    by easyoar Updated Dec 24, 2004

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    The Alcazar at the Alhambra

    When you enter the Alhambra, your ticket will take you into to thre separate parts of the Alhambra. The Palace area is the bit everybody wants to see. The Generalife gardens are also very impressive. That leaves the Alcazar (meaning Castle in Spanish). This Alcazar is ruined, and is not really that exciting. Indeed a lot of guidebooks don't even seem to cover it. There seem to be a lot of foundations and a big tower that has seen better days. The attached picture shows this area for completeness sake.

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    Torre de la Vela.

    by Hosell Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    This is the tallest tower in the Alcazaba.To go up,you must to use a interior narrow stairs and it is always crowded of tourists.From here you can see some awesome views of the city and also of Sierra Nevada.

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    Alcazaba

    by Hosell Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The Alcazaba - a fortified stronghold guarding royal quarters built around two exquisite courtyards. This impressive military fortification goes back to 9th century, and was modified by Muhammad III in 13th century to be his private residence. There are various towers, some with elaborate interiors. From the tower, Torre de la Vela, there is a great view over the town.

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    Alcazar

    by jackfruit Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    Alcazar (Alcazaba)  ramparts

    Although in ruins today, this fort once offered protection for the thousands of moors that lived within it's walls.

    There are wonderful views out to the city of Granada, the Albaycin area and the Sierra Nevada mountains from the Alcazar.

    I would recommend spending an hour or so walking around this area - it's steep in some sections but well worth the calories spent!

    For more pictures, see my travelogue.

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    Alcazar

    by Carmela71 Updated Feb 28, 2004

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    Normally we all leave till the end, and compared to the palaces that we have already seen, it is not as exciting, but it had its importance for the castle as it was the military area.

    Some fo the palces to visit are:

    Torre del Cubo
    Plaza de Armas
    Torre de la Vela
    Y el Jardín de los Adarves

    The views from the towers are incredible, check tourist traps

    If you have time you can still walk along the shops and the gardens before heading to Granada city center

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    The Alcazaba at Alhambra

    by dlytle Updated Oct 17, 2003
    Torre del Homenaje (The Keep) at the Alcazaba

    The Alcazaba, or fortress, is the oldest part of the Alhambra. The Sultan Alhamar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty, built it in the mid-13th century after he fled from northern Andalucia and established what was to be the last Moorish stronghold against the Christian crusaders. No doubt a fort was located at this location through much of historic time but the current buildings date back to the 1200's AD. The fort was remodeled by the Moors who added a very long outer wall in which they build the Nasrid Palaces.

    The Torre del Homenaje (shown in the picture) was the keep of the Alcazaba and in it the first Nasirid emirs had their apartments. Excavations within the Alcazaba have revealed traces of barracks and a large cistern that date from this early period.

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    Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 12, 2006

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    Granada - Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes

    The myrtile court yard (Patio de los Arrayanes) also is a masterpiece of moorish art. It is framed by magnificent carved arches. Comares Tower adjoins to Patio de los Arrayanes.

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    Alhambra - Alcazar - Royal Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 12, 2006

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    Granada - Alhambra - Alcazar - Royal Hall

    The Royal Hall has a stalactite dome and a ceiling which is trimmed by the painted leather.
    The hall of two sisters is named so because of two stone plates which are in the middle of a hall.

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