Palacio de Carlos V has two museums worth visiting either before or after the rest of the Alhambra complex. The ground floor Alhambra Museum displays a wonderful collection of furniture, paintings, ceramics and coins from the Nasrid period. The Fine Art Museum upstairs contains excellent religious paintings and sculptures from the 16th and 17th Centuries along with some of David Roberts' 19th-century watercolors. The palace itself dates from a later period than the neighboring Moorish palaces. It was built by Pedro Machuca, for Emperor Carlos V in 1527. Please check for open hours as they are seasonal.
The Carlos V Palace was one of the first buildings we entered at the Alhambra. The most striking feature of the palace is the two level circular patio. Considered by many to be the finest example of the Renaissance Style architecture in Spain it is fascinating to walk around and take in the detail. The doric columns and the classic design features made me feel as if I had been immediately transported to another time hundreds of years ago. The patio is definitely worth spending a few minutes at walking around to enjoy its beauty.
The palace was the desire of Charles V who upon arriving in 1492 decided he wanted his own palace befitting of his stature in life in the grounds of the Alhambra. Construction of the palace did not begin until 1527 and was under the supervision of Pedro Machuca an architect who convinced the King that a Renassiance style palace would best represent his needs.
It was difficult to get outside to get a full view of the palace. Consequently I used the Wiki photo to emphasize the scale of the building.
The beauty of Alhambra is so impressive that christian rulers had no doubt to preserve (and use it). Emperor Charles V left the most important signs of it, adding a Renaissance palace, less than one century after the conquest, nowadays one of the biggest buildings of the complex.
Casa Real Nueva - New Royal House / Palace.
The most striking thing about this palace, for me personally, was how it is so utterly different from the rest of the Alhambra. There is nothing sensuous or alluring about this place. It is strong, masculine, rigid and triumphant. It reeks of military.
Today is houses the Museum of the Alhambra and The Museum of Music and Dance. Apparently concerts are held here too.
This was an ambitious plan of the occupying King, though he didn't quite have this structure completed.
It looks nice & imposing, particularly as you walk in and see the columns arcing around in front of you.
The views from above are also quite grand, again highlighting the circular form.
Next to the Charles V's Palace there is a small photo shop "Galeria Photografica Arabe" where you can have your photo taken dressed up in Arabe clothes. On our marathon walk through the palace we got a 10 minutes' break (to pee) close to this shop, which we had seen while passing by. We really wanted our photo taken so the 4 of us asked the travel-guide not to leave us behind and ran up to this shop, were dressed in Arabic clothes, I had 3 photos taken, my friends were dressed up while I had my photo taken, and another friend was dressed up while they had their photo taken and in 10 minutes we managed to leave there with fantastic photos and were all very satisfied and ran to catch our group. Other people in the group were frustrated that they had not noticed/been notified of this photo-shop as they wanted a photo like ours.
One photo cost 11 euros and if you wanted more (they take 3-4 photos of you in different poses) then the cost of the second photo was I think 4 euros. I bought 3 different photos.
Our next stop after leaving the Generalife gardens was at The Charles V's Palace. It was a bit of a walk, but then while visiting the Alhambra you are expected to walk quite a bit. The Emperor Charles V´s wanted a more comfortable building for winter than his Arab palace and ordered the construction of a palace connected to the Alhambra. The construction work started in the 16th century. The edifice is quadrangular with an open circular patio, built in the Renaissance style and is believed to be the most beautiful Renaissance building outside Italy.
The Alhambra museum is situated on the ground floor of The Charles V's Palace.
When the spanish kings finally conquered Granada in 1492, they respected the moorish castles of the Alhambra, but added some buildings of their own to leave their mark there. One of the best examples is the Charles V Palace, a magnificent renacentist building wirth a superb round inner patio.
You can visit it as part of the Alhambra visit.
Inside the Charles V Palace are several museums which include the National Museum of Spanish-Moorish Art which displays the 7 jars of the Alhambra and the Museum of Arts which houses a very impressive display of Spanish-Islamic Art.
It wasn’t until 1957 that Charles V Palace was finally completed. Finance as well as revolts during all these years were the main reason for such a long time in completion and during this time, portions of the existing construction actually collapsed through the palace’s lack of use. While the palace is square on the outside it has a circular centre courtyard with a two level colonnade supported by 32 columns.
The Palace of Charles V (or Carlos V) is just inside the entrance of the Alhambra. The construction was ordered by Charles V who was the Holy Roman Emperor at the time. He wanted to create a residence for himself close to the other palaces within the Alhambra. The build started in 1527 with only part of the design complete.
Emerging from the green spaces of the upper half of the Alhambra, we soon found ourselves at the impressive Palacio Carlos V - basically used as a waiting area until it is time for your particular tour to get on with it.
This palace is sometimes called 'Carlos I' because it was built as a residence for King Carlos I of Spain who, three years after his coronation in 1516, also became Emperor Carlos V of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Construction was begun in 1533, after parts of the existing Alhambra were knocked down, but the palace was never used by the Emperor. Architectually, it is now considered ahead of its time because of its square exterior appearance as seen here, which contrasts with its circular courtyard as seen in the next two photos. Adding to its complexity is the fact that the lower floor of its interior columns are of Doric design while the smaller columns of the upper floor are Ionic in style.
Presently the palace houses the Granada Museum of Fine Arts (which has its own entry fee), but it was not open when we visited. That did not really matter, because our tour started in less than 15 minutes anyway - just a short distance away, in the heavily fortified Alcazaba part of the Alhambra that we had already been able to see from the streets below!
“I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse.”
— Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V (1500-1558)
THE KING HAS SPOKEN My favorite quote — flippant and kingly — from Carlos; he was also Carlos I, king of Spain, an early 16th century example of multitasking.
The Palacio de Carlos V was commissioned by the Emperor in the Italian High Renaissance style to provide for himself a habitable residence and to firmly announce the presence of the Christian rulers cheek-by-jowl with the palaces of the defeated Moors.
Construction was started in 1527 under the direction of Pedro Machuca, who had studied with Michelangelo in Italy. The palace is built in the form of a square.
Although very different from the Moorish buildings this palacio is stunningly beautiful. We took to it straight away.
“Far nobler and more beautiful than its Arabic decorativeness in tinted stucco is the palace begun by Charles V, after a design in the spirit of the supreme hour of the Italian Renaissance.”
— from “Familiar Spanish Travels,” 1911, by William Dean Howells
Noble Beauty The colonnade of the magnificent courtyard of the Palacio de Carlos V is built with 2 styles of columns, on the ground floor the Tuscan style is used, and on the first floor the Ionic order is used. The palace houses the Alhambra Museum and the Fine Arts Museums.
Although he loved Granada, the emperor never lived in his palace. While honeymooning here in 1526 with his Portuguese bride Isabel, an earthquake rumbled through town. The empress was so terrified that she insisted on leaving, never to return.
The circular interior of the Palacio de Carlos V is grand and glorious (see photo #2).
After the Moslem conquerers were themselves thrown out of Spain, the Spanish ruler Carlos V, decided to build a palace within the confines of the Alhambra....boy is it every out of place here in these fantastic buildings. In itself it is also a nicely built and elegant building, but it is NOT, or rather should not have been built HERE....it is truly out of place. The idea of having a square building with a round central opening may have been original and the interior wood ceilings are nice also, but it is NO COMPARISON to the Alhambra.
Charles V ordered to build the palace as an imperial residence and its location in the Alhambra was due to two reasons: after the Christian conquest of Granada, the Alhambra places complex became crown property and the Alhambra was also a symbol of royal power. Is one of the most significant examples of the Italian Renaissance outside Italy.
Carlos V lo ordenó construir como residencia imperial y su localización en la Alhambra es por dos motivos: después de las conquista de Granada por parte de los cristianos, la Alhambra pasó a ser propiedad de la corona y la segunda que era un simbolo para la monarquía. Es uno de los mas importantes ejemplos del renacimiento italiano fuera de Italia.