The Palace of Charles V, Granada

The Palace of Charles V, Granada (must see)

The Palace of Charles V is located on the top of the Assabica hill, within the fortified walls of the Alhambra palace. It was built in 1527 for Charles V, a Holy Roman Emperor, who wished to build a residence close to the Alhambra. It was his decision to request a brand new palace befitting his imperial status, rather than adapt the existing Alhambra palace, that prevented the original Moorish castle from being altered beyond recognition.

The palace is a Renacentist construction, designed by Pedro Machuca, a little known Spanish architect. Rather than adopt the Gothic style popular with the conquistadors of Granada, Machuca created a stunning building in the Mannerist style, influenced by Italian architecture. The layout of the palace was built around a 17 meter high, 63 meter wide square, with a circular patio area at its center – in keeping with Mannerist architectural tradition, but very unusual for the period. The rooms are laid out over two storeys and several mezzanines around this courtyard area.

A Doric colonnade around the patio’s lower portion, and a simple Ionic colonnade around the upper floors, suggests that Machuca aimed to incorporate elements of Roman Empire era design into the palace. This style is combined with the grandeur and sweeping lines of the Renaissance era to create a building that became a puzzle for architectural historians.

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The Palace of Charles V on Map

Sight Name: The Palace of Charles V
Sight Location: Granada, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Touring Around Alhambra  

Walking Tours in Granada, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Granada

Create Your Own Walk in Granada

Creating your own self-guided walk in Granada is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
A Walk in Albayzín

A Walk in Albayzín

Take a walk down the narrow, winding streets and delve into Granada's Medieval Moorish past. Albayzín is a wide, open-air museum of history and architecture. In 1984 it became a world heritage site. Get to know Granada of the Nasrid Empire era and enjoy traditional landscapes and vistas.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Central Granada Places of Worship Tour

Central Granada Places of Worship Tour

The city of Granada is a fine work of art just by itself. It spans from the beautiful, round shaped, miniaturist Arabic style to the angled, majestic, solid Gothic and Baroque. This tour highlights the history of art styles blended into the history of Granada, manifested in many of the local churches, monasteries and cathedrals. Take this tour to please your eye and challenge your imagination.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Northern Granada Places of Worship Tour

Northern Granada Places of Worship Tour

The churches of Granada are living history pages, carved in stone. This tour is all about the fifteenth century monuments telling the story of remarkable men and their city, starting from the Arab empire to the Christian conquest. With the highlight of religion and history, this tour provides glimpses of the past life. Also, you can treat yourself to the breathtaking panoramas of the city from the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Granada's Architecture Self-guided Tour

Granada's Architecture Self-guided Tour

Granada has been influenced by four major architectural styles--Moorish, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. On this tour of the city, see the Arab time lines imprinted in stone bearing the early Renaissance and Baroque accents. Be amazed by the originality and delicacy of the streets and residential areas of Granada.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Museums and Historic Sites Tour of Granada

Museums and Historic Sites Tour of Granada

If you want to get to know Granada, this is the tour you have to take. It gives you the chance to learn about the city's culture and history -- from the Nasrid Empire to the Christian conquest; much as to be delighted by its architectural wonders. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy the city panorama from one of its Miradores.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Granada is home to many beautiful spots that combine natural scene with stone forms in most intricate ways. It boasts many fountains and places to rest in, read a book, sip coffee - all while enjoying the atmosphere and planning the rest of the trip. Take a tour of Granada's plazas, landmarks and most interesting museums to see the casual life of its people, and the day-by-day events in this...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km