19 November 2019

My Fourth Visit to Spain: Alhambra (Palacio de Carlos V, Alcazaba, Generalife)

There are several other notable structures within Alhambra beyond the Palacios Nazaries. I'll tackle them here, beginning with the Palacio de Carlos V.

The Palacio de Carlos V is a building that rather clashes with the rest of the structures in the entire complex. This palace was built beginning in 1527, which definitely puts it at a much younger timescale compared to the other buildings. There's a two-tiered circular courtyard with 32 columns inside. It is said that the circle within the square is the only Spanish example of a Renaissance ground plan symbolising unity of heaven and earth.

After checking out the Palacio de Carlos V, we headed to the Alcazaba, which is a 13th-century citadel. There's a massive tower which one can climb and observe the rest of Granada from atop.

The final stop in our Alhambra visit was the Generalife, which is the 14th-century summer estate of the sultan. This is a serene place, with pools, patios, gardens, and balconies. It's a great place to stroll and wander around.

As we made our way out, I was processing what I just saw. There's a lot to see, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Alhambra is a World Heritage Site, and I see a very valid reason why it is on the list. Plan ahead way in advance if you are planning to visit.

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