Casa de los Tiros, Granada
This beautiful historic house was created in the mid sixteenth century by Gil Vazques Rengifo, after the conquest of Granada he bought a number of connected houses and remodelled them into one property
climb to the top of the magnificent 18th century staircase and go into the first room, the Cuadra Dorada, you will be amazed at the incredible painted ceiling, and at the medieval wall paintings
the museum holds a wealth of engravings etchings and paintings showing Granada over the years, and a large exhibition of early photography with emphasis on the gipsy community of Sacromonto, there are also displays of pottery and furniture
In truth the museum is a little haphazard, it just seems to be a collection of things without a theme, but it is a very interesting place to visit
entrance is free for EU citizens [you may be asked for proof] and 1.5 euro for others, you may take photographs but not use flash
the museum is closed on Mondays
Tuesday open 14.30 to 20.00
Wednesday to Saturday open 9.00 to 20.00
Sunday open 9.00 to 14.00
the museum is accessable for disabled visitors
Well, I'd originally come across this square on the evening of the Festival of the Crucifixes, and had a lovely time enjoying the atmosphere of the celebrations. The square was decorated with a model of the Alhambra, plus religious icons, a flower garlanded cross, and other tableauxes. There was a bar serving beer and wine, with locals chatting and dancing the Sevillianos.
The next day I returned, the decorations had been removed, but I still liked this square, with its central monument, and old trough on one side, with a couple of small cafes.
However, I hadn't noted down the name, so I asked if anyone on VT recognised this place - no-one replied, but I'm pleased to say that after my last visit I now know it's Plaza Padre Suarez. I sat in this square enjoying a coffee at the cafe- it was just warm enough to sit outside.
I tried to ask the waitress about the history of the square, and about the monument, but she didn't know.
Opposite the cafe are Military headquarters.
The ancient fortress of Casa de los Tiros is sited opposite this square, the present building was constructed between 1530 and 1540, and houses the city archives as well as Padre Suarezes house. (I didn't get chance to visit here this time)
One of the most symbolic houses in Granada. See the nice fasade. There are a room dedicated to the american writer Washington Irving, other to the empress Eugenia de Montijo and other to the Granadian writer Angel Ganivet.
It's also the Local Museum and the Library of Granadian issues.
If you want to visit it you have to call to arrange a visit.