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!
This is definitely the cuckoo in the nest of the Alhambra and if you haven't done your homework prior to arriving, you will feel really confused by the prescence of this vast quadrangular Renaissance palace where you were expecting delicate plasterwork and Moorish arches. It is a seriously impressive building though with the major surprise of a pefect circular courtyard hidden in the middle of all this boxy squareness. The courtyard is 30m in diameter and is seperated from the inner arcade by doric colums on the lower level and ionic on the upper section. It immediately reminded me of the Collosseum in Rome and I was not at all surprised to learn that bull fights once took place here. There are two museums housed in this building: the Museo de L'Alhambra on the ground floor and the Museo de Bellas Artes on the upper floor. Entry to both these museums is free to holders of EU passports but I think the prospect of adding museum visits to the already mammoth task of seeing the Alhambra, is an option that many people would be happy to pass up.
The Palace of Carlos V is inside the Alhambra complex, and you can enter with your ticket that you purchased for the Alhambra.
It doesn't really fit in with the beauty of the Moorish built Alhambra, and I think most tourists don't bother to see inside. The central courtyard (shown here) was used for bullfighting once upon a time.
This was the only disappointing part of the Alhambra complex, it's out of place with the mystical Moorish design of the Nasrid Palace and Generalife and there really wasn't anything inside to see.
It was commissioned by Charles V (Carlos V), they started work on this Palace in 1527, funded by the taxes assessed on the converted Muslims (known as Moriscos) after the Catholic Reconquista. The Moriscos rebeled and the project was put on hold, it finally got a roof in the 20th century.
Our visit here consisted of walking inside, looking at the circular courtyard on the interior and then having a seat to wait until it was time for the Nasrid Palace. The Museo de la Alhambra closed before we got there at 2:30 and although the guidebook lists a 2nd museum, the Museo de Bellas Artes, I didn't see it.
Charles V (Carlos V in Spain) built this circle-in-a-square palace within the Alahambra grounds to show the Moors who the new ruler was. Although it is the best example of renaissance architecture in modern day Spain, it looks out of place in the otherwise heavily moorish Alahambra landscape.
It's worth a quick visit to see the circular interior of the palace where the king sometimes held bullfights.
To the West from Iglesia de Santa Maria there is one more monument of a Christian epoch - the Renaissance palace of Charles V (Palacio de Carlos V). The palace is allocated with the massiveness. Its construction on a place of premises Alhambra in 1530-1540 has not been completed.
The Museum of the fine arts and the Museum of Spain-Muslim art (Museo de Alhambra and Museo de Bellas Artes) are located in Charles's V palace now. Subjects of conditions of a moorish epoch are exposed in the museums.
The round court yard of a palace and some rooms surrounding it is kept. One of the most beautiful Renaissance court yard in Spain is hidden inside of a square construction (60x60 meters). These are creations toledian arcitector Pedro Manchuk. He studied in Italy, it is probable Mikelangelo was his teacher. The round court yard in strict style with a double line of columns has diameter of 30 meters.
From the palace of Charles V it is possible to go to ancient Arabian Palaces.
The Palace of Charles V, built in 1526 is reminiscent of Italian renaissance - its architect, Pedro Machuca, was a student of Michelangelo in Florence. Today there are several museums inside of this palace. The National Museum of Spanish-Moorish Art displays the famous seven jars of the Alhambra and works of glass-ceramics. The Museum of Arts mainly exhibits works of the Granadinian school from the 15th to 20th centuries.
This is a picture taken inside Carlos V Palace.Part of the building has not roof as you can see on my picture and looks like a stadium or bullring.In here now you can see in other interior rooms some very interesting museums and expositions.
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.
Carlos V palace at La Alhambra was constructed by Pedro Machuca in Renacentist Style.
It is done in a square plan, inside of it, there is a round patio and It is unfinished
If you have seen the Palaces, lets go to the citadel or Alcazaba if not lets go to the Palace, have you got your tickets ready to show?
The Renaissance-style Palacio Carlos V was completed in the middle of the 16th century by Italian-influenced architects. Emperor Carlos V had been so enchanted by Granada that he decided to implant a residential palace in the heart of Alhambra. While the architectural style is somewhat of a contrast to the surrounding Moorish architecture, el Palacio itself is a wonderful example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Most striking is the circular colonnade in the central courtyard. Unfortunately, part of the Nasrid Palacio de Comares was destroyed in order to make room for its construction. Today, Palacio Carlos V contains two museums, one exhibiting items from the Nasrid period, and the other showing religious art from the post-Reconquest period.
Carlos V taxed the Muslim population of Granada to fund the construction of his palace in the 16th century. Designed by Pedro Machuca, an architect from Toledo who had studied under Michelangelo, the building began contruction in 1527 but was ceased in 1568 due to a rebellion by the Muslims to this taxation. As a result, the palace remains unfinished although it did finally get a roof in the early 20th century.
The edifice from the exterior is huge with massive with large stone blocks used in the lower half of the construction and lots of large windows. While the building is square in shape, the visitor will be surprised to see a circular courtyard within. This arrangement is a Renaissance plan that symbolizes the unity of heaven and earth.
Be sure to visit the Museo de la Alhambra which is housed on a portion of the first floor of the palace.
One of the first huge building you see upon entering the Alhambra grounds. This the emperor's project for the city of Granada. The construction shows the king's awareness of the beauty of the Arab palaces and his interest in preserving them for posterity. The construction was started in 1533, but was abandoned years later, as the king had lost interest. At the end of the 20th century, the building's roofing was put in place and the museums were fitted out inside, the Fine Arts Museum on the top floor and the Alhambra Museum on the ground floor. The palace represents the introduction of Italian classicism in Spanish civil architecture. Designed by Pedro Machuca, the concept of the project is extremely original, above all due to the addition of the round courtyard in the external square block and the harmonious distribution of the strengths. The facades are imposing and the main one, on the west face, is the most adorned and rich.