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La Alhambra

Granada La Alhambra
Part fortress (the Alcazaba), part palace, part garden (the Generalife) and part government city (the Medina), this medieval complex overlooking Granada is often considered on par with the 7 wonders of the world. Many visitors come to Granada expressly to see the Alhambra.
The Alhambra was a palace, a citadel, fortress, and the home of the Nasrid sultans, high government officials, servants of the court and elite soldiers (from the 13th to the 14th century). Other notable buildings belonging to a different time period are also included, such as the Renaissance style Palace of Charles V, which houses the Alhambra Museum (most of the items are from the site of the monument) and the Fine Art Museum.

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Generalife

Generalife
The Palacio de Generalife was the summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid sultans of Granada.The palace and gardens were built during the reign of Muhammad III (1302-1309) and redecorated shortly after by Abu I-Walid Isma'il (1313-1324). The complex consists of the Patio de la Acequia (Court of the Water Channel or Water-Garden Courtyard), which has a long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions, and the Jardín de la Sultana (Sultana's Garden or Courtyard of the Cypress). The former is thought to best preserve the style of the medieval garden in Al-Andalus. Originally the palace was linked to the Alhambra by a covered walkway across the ravine that now divides them. The Generalife is one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens.

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Palace of Charles V

Palace of Charles V
The Palace of Charles V, in Granada, Spain, is a Renacentist construction, located on the top of the hill of the Assabica, inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra. It was commanded by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, in order to establish his residence close to the Alhambra palaces. The Catholic Monarchs had already reformed some rooms after the conquest of the city in 1492, but Charles V intended to construct a stable residence befitting an emperor. The project was commanded to Pedro Machuca, an inscrutable figure whose biography and influences are not already clear. At his time, Spain was inmersed in Plateresque style, still with traces of Gothic origin. Machuca built a palace corresponding to the Mannerism, a still beginning style in Italy. Even if we accept the versions that place Machuca in the atelier of Michelangelo, at the time of the construction of the palace (1527) the Tuscan architect hadn't designed the majority of his architectural works.

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Granada Cathedral

Granada Cathedral
Granada Cathedral or Cathedral of the Annunciation, is a cathedral designed at the peak of the Spanish Renaissance. In 1529 Diego de Siloé outlined the Renaissance lines of this building upon its Gothic foundations, with a triforium and five naves instead of the usual three. Most unusually, he created a circular capilla mayor rather than a semicircular apse, perhaps inspired by Italian ideas for circular 'perfect buildings' (eg in Alberti's works). Within its structure the cathedral combines other orders of architecture. It took 181 years for the cathedral to be built.

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Albayzin

Granada Albayzin
El Albayzin (also Albaicin or El Albaicin) is a district of present day Granada, Spain that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra.
It rises on a hill facing the Alhambra and many tourists journey into the Albayzin primarily for the spectactular views of the Alhambra from the viewing point by the church of San Nicolas.
Highlights within the area include the remains of an Arab bath complex, Granada's archeological museum, and the church of San Salvador, built on the remains of a Moorish mosque.

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Granada Charterhouse

Granada Charterhouse
Granada Charterhouse is a Carthusian monastery (cartuja in Spanish) in Granada, Spain. It is one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture.
The charterhouse was founded in 1506 and construction started ten years later. It continued for the following 300 years. Its exuberant ornamentation and its complex spaces make of it one of the masterpieces of Churrigueresque style. The most striking features include the tabernacle, constructed to a design by Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo, the church and the famous sacristy, of unknown author. The Charterhouse displays an extensive collection of paintings, standing out the works of Fray Juan Sánchez Cotán.

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The Sacromonte

The Sacromonte
The Sacromonte neighborhood is located on the extension of the hill of Albaicín, along the Darro River. This area, which became famous by the nineteenth century for its predominantly Gitano inhabitants, is characterized by cave houses, which are dug into the hilside. The area has a reputation as a major center of flamenco song and dance, including the Zambra Gitana, Andalusian dance originating in the Middle East. The zone is a protected cultural environment under the auspices of the Centro de Interpretación del Sacromonte, a cultural center dedicated to the preservation of Gitano cultural forms.

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El Banuelo - Arab baths

Granada El Banuelo
The Historic Baths of Granada were built around 1,000 years ago and this ancient Moorish building is in surprisingly good shape, considering its ancient origins. Once a major venue for both bathing and socialising, today El Banuelo is the oldest and best-preserved Arab baths in the area and is believed to have Roman origins and influence. Some of the best preserved Arab baths tracing their origin to the 11th century along with columns in Roman and Visigothic styles, which show the use of the waters of River Darro by other cultures.

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Granada Science Museum

Granada science museum
At the Parque de las Ciencias your experience with science will be both pleasing and attractive. Over 270 interactive activities spread out among two exhibition buildings and other areas such as the Planetarium, the Tropical Butterfly House, the Observation Tower or the Astronomy Garden will help you to discover and understand certain scientific principles and phenomena. We invite you to take part in this exciting journey through science and the universe.

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Corral del Carbon

Granada Corral del Carbon
Look up at the beautifully decorated horseshoe arch as you enter the courtyard of this old Moorish inn. It was built in the 1350s as accommodation for merchants who were bringing their wares to sell in the adjacent market area, or Alcaiceria, which you can still see, in a much restored version, on the other side of Calle Reyes Catolicos. The merchants used to store their goods on the upper floors, which have lovely wooden galleries leading round them, and sleep on the ground floor. The building is remarkably well preserved seeing as it's been put to so many uses over the years. As well as an inn, it's been a theatre and a coal yard and it now houses a tourist information office and the ticket office for the International Music and Dance Festival. Admission is free.

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Archeological Museum

Archeological Museum
Created in 1879, the museum is located in Casa de Castril, a 16th-century palace. Its exhibits show the everyday life of the societies that lived in Granada and have now vanished. Through material evidence and archaeological pieces, the economic, social and ideological processes of different eras, from the prehistoric period to the key year 1492, are illustrated.

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