Alhambra - Alcazar, Granada

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    Alhambra - Mexuar Hall

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    Granada - Alhambra - Mexuar Hall

    The Mexuar and the Oratory were rooms used for various purposes: the Mexuar for Counsel of Ministers meetings, and the Oratory for worship.
    Mexuar Hall of the Palace has been intended for the decision of legal issues. With arrival of Christians this room has undergone to especially serious changes. Per 1629 this hall was transformed into a chapel.

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    Alhambra - Hall of Ambassadors

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    The Tower of Comares, at 45 m the highest in the Alhambra, also houses the largest room of the structure: the Hall of Comares, or Chamber of the Ambassadors, also known as the Throne Room.
    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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    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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    The Alhambra, towers of Alcazaba

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 17, 2008

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    This is the military and fortified area of the entire complex, this is where the soldiers made sure the bigwigs were safe. It is also the area where we found the dungeon and the torture instruments, the battlements and the living quarters for soldiers. This is also where you will find the tallest towers around the battlements, the Torre Quebrada (the Broken Tower), why it is called "broken", the Torre del Homenaje (the Tower of Homage) where the first Nasirid emirs had their apartments and the Torre de las Armas (the Tower of Arms).

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    The Defences of the Majestic Complex

    by Durfun Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    This section takes you around the gunnery, the tallest section of the Complex, the Ancient Bell-tower, all offering open and strategic views to defend this fortification.

    The views from the top are breathtaking. The Nevadas on one side, the outline of the fort around you, and the town of Granada itself right ahead, including Sacremonte, Albaicin, etc.

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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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    ALHAMBRA: ALCAZAR

    by draguza Written Jul 1, 2013

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    Climb the steps to the Torre de la Vela (Watchtower) for some magnificent views of the city and the fertile plain beyond. This is the oldest part of the Alhambra complex, built on the highest point of the hill to defend the royal family and house their army. The original construction had 24 towers altogether but only a few remain. You can still see the military bathhouses, wells, stores and living quarters as well as some attractive gardens of a later date.

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    Alcazaba - fortress

    by smirnofforiginal Updated May 7, 2010

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    The oldest part of the Alhambra is the Alcazaba (from al-qasba - Arabic for fortress) was built on the ruins of a 9th century castle. The towers are "Homage", "Broken", "Tower of Arms" and "Watch Tower" and the garden at its south is called "Garden of Wall Tops" or, perhaps more romantically, Garden of Poets. And, speaking of romance... the bell on the Torre de la Vela is rung by those who hope to get the love of their lives.

    "Square and crimson towers
    Harlequins on stage
    Of blue drama whose first performance
    Takes places over the green of the leaves.
    Alhambra, you who throws them out,
    Tighten the bow of the foliage
    Against a city of laces
    Which is walled by ivy,
    Towers of wind and stone
    Flying over the landscape!"
    (Rafael Guillén)

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  • Plaza de las Armas

    by blint Updated Jan 30, 2008

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    It looks like a maze!

    This can be found within the Alcazaba which was the military Citadel.

    What you can see in the photo are the foundations of a bath house and the soldiers houses. There are also water cisterns and even a dungeon beneath the Eastern wall.

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    The Alhambra, Alcazaba area

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 17, 2008

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    The dominating feature in the Alcazaba is the Torre de las Armas (Tower of Arms). You can take some stairs and climb to the top for a look out over Granada or look back into the Alcazaba and you see Arms Square where the living quarters for the soldiers were located. There is not much left of this part today as you can see. What is different here is the differences in the building styles. If you take a look at each photo showing parts of this area, it seems as if they are NOT from the same building or even period. Also in the Tower you can take some steep steps down into the dungeon where they have a small display of torture instruments, it is not very good, but if it is a hot day, the dungeon is actually cooler.

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    Defense......

    by lina112 Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    This military fortress was built by Alhamar, the first nazarí king on the oldest site of the Alhambra and served a purely military purpose as it was situated on the highest part of the hill, watching over the surrounding area.

    La Alcazaba es la zona militar del recinto, y en ella pueden visitarse la terraza de la torre del Cubo, el adarve de la muralla norte, la Plaza de las Armas, con el Barrio Castrense, la terraza de la Puerta de las Armas, la torre de la Vela y el jardín de los Adarves.

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    The Alcazar in Alhambra

    by SirRichard Updated Jan 17, 2010

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    The main walls and tower

    The Alcazar are the fortified castle on top of the Alhambra, designed for defence and so less decorated as palaces. It ca n be visited as part of the Alhambra visit and there is a fantastic view of the city from the top tower.

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    WHEN IN GRENADA VISIT THE ALHAMBRA ALCAZABA

    by DennyP Written Oct 8, 2011
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    Today to visit the Alhambra make sure that you reserve a ticket as I beleive this is now neccesary due to the vast amount of Visitors that turn up daily wanting to see this marvellous piece of Moorish architecture. This is a "Unesco World Heitage site " and to see it is a joy to behold..

    THE ALCAZABA : is the Alhambra Fortress this dates back to the eleventh century at a time when the muslims ruled this part of the land for over four centuries .. A walk to the top although tiring is rewarded by the magnificent views.. The views from the top of its towers are spectacular, get some good photo oppportunities here..,also see the:

    Palacio Nazaries: This is really a centerpeice of the Alhambra with its wonderful gardens and the coolness of its running water that gives such a calming feeling in such hot weather,,especially here in the Patio de Los Leones..The lions patio..

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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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