The Palace of Charles V is a Renaissance building in Granada, southern Spain, located on the top of the hill of the Assabica, inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra. The building has never been a home to a monarch and stood roofless until 1957.
The structure was commanded by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, who wished to establish his residence close to the Alhambra palaces. Although the Catholic Monarchs had already altered some rooms of the Alhambra after the conquest of the city in 1492, Charles V intended to construct a permanent residence befitting an emperor. The project was given to Pedro Machuca, an architect whose life and development are poorly documented. At the time, Spanish architecture was immersed in the Plateresque style, with traces of Gothic architecture still visible. Machuca built a palace corresponding stylistically to Mannerism, a mode then in its infancy in Italy. The exterior of the building uses a typically Renaissance combination of rustication on the lower level and ashlar on the upper. Even if accounts that place Machuca in the atelier of Michelangelo are accepted, at the time of the construction of the palace in 1527, the latter had yet to design the majority of his architectural works.
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Ben Rubin | Feb 26, 2018
A must see. Incredible history. Definitely buy the tickets so you can go inside all of these places.
Martín LJ | Mar 2, 2018
El Palacio de Carlos V está conectando con los Palacios Nazaríes, por lo que hay que se accede luego de ingresar a los primeros. La entrada es parte del paquete general de La Alhambra (precio generales 14 euros), pero hay que tener en cuenta que el ticket tiene un horario definido para poder entrar, y hay que estar antes en la puerta (de los Palacios Nazaríes). Contrasta el cambio de estilo entre los Palacios Nazaríes y el de Carlos V, sin los detalles en Las paredes y techos. Se destacan los detalles en Las puertas de madera, los balcones y pasillos con hermosas vistas, y los jardines ornamentales con fuentes y árboles y flores.
Maciek Wróbel | Jan 31, 2018
It looks nice from the outside but I was amazed by this circular courtyard. Great classical architecture.
Nico M | Jan 13, 2018
Interesting section of the Alhambra. On a really cold day winter day, the museums offer a nice warm refuge from the other open air palaces.
Babu raja A | Feb 27, 2018
Incredible place, must visit. If possible see once at night too. Worth it.
Frank Young | Mar 26, 2018
Beautiful architecture. And has a great view of surroundings.
Reeva Singh | May 2, 2018
Impressive minor palace within the free access area of the Alhambra. Stunning courtyard inside and a very good free museum just inside the main entrance which should be visited. Highly recommended.
Leigh Strong | May 17, 2018
An interesting part of the Alhambra that is a glorious example of Renaissance architecture at its finest. It offers good respite from the summer heat and has many areas to explore. There are so many wonderful flourishes and beautiful details to see and it is worth taking the time to really look at all the delights this minor palace has to offer. Fantastic historical site.
Julien Watelet | May 9, 2018
This building is just gorgeous. Massive but elegant and proud. Worth going inside for a look. Note the fine art museum is free for Europeans
Zafreen Momin | May 29, 2018
Beautiful area. If you stand in the middle, you can hear yourself echo!
Zachary Gaber | Jun 18, 2018
It's an unusual place, an Italian style Renaissance palace dropped into a Spanish Muslim palace. It's definitely worth a look but the building is largely empty or inaccessible so your visit won't take long. It's a good place to kill time if you arrived too early for your booking into the Nasrid Palace but don't have enough time to do the Generalife.
Eduardo Flores | Jun 30, 2018
Very lovely place, a must see when about granada. Very safe, clean, touristic, lots of gardens, very relaxing and gorgeous place to visit.
Leo Esposito | Aug 3, 2018
Alot of walking also stairs involved but well worth it..
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