Palace of Charles V – Alhambra, Granada History and Tour

Palace of Charles V History 

Palace of Charles V also known as Palacio de Carlos in Spanish, was built in 1526. Charles V, a traveling monarch in the 16th century fell for the beauty of this beautiful place Alhambra. Though a part of the then existing complex was demolished to build this gigantic structure, remaining old structures were left untouched. And that is why this monstrous building looks out of place among the beautifully manicured Arab structures. Chalres V wanted a royal residence in the beautiful settings, probably with the intention of symbolizing the victory of Christianity over Islam, which he successfully did. Granada was the last city to fall into Catholic hands.


Palace of Charles V Tour

There is no special ticket for this palace. After you tour the beautiful summer palace in Generalife and walk towards the Nasrid Palace, this building kind of distracts you. I won’t say it is ugly, but it IS different. I almost skipped entering it but then changed my mind. The embellished sandstone façade, the bronze rings at the right height on the exterior walls (meant to tether horses when visiting) all made interesting subjects for photography and held my attention. It wasn’t a closed structure as I expected it to be. The square-ish exteriors gave way to an open central courtyard. The round patio inside is large and elegant. It is a hollow building.


Bronze rings at the right height on the exterior walls meant to tether horses when visiting.

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The palace has hardly any traffic of tourists. It was a
wonderful experience standing at the center of the courtyard. The old
curved staircases lead you up from where the view of the circular
courtyard is good. The tour time is hardly 20 minutes unless you decide
to hang around in the 2 museums inside for a while. I didn’t visit both
of them. Generalife took more than the planned 2 hours and then the tour
of Alcazaba was yet to be done. My timing for Nasrid Palace was 7PM.

Things to do at Palace of Charles V

  • Visit the Alhambra Museum 
  • Visit the Museo de Bellas Artes on the top floor 
  • Last but not the least it is important to keep your ticket always handy as the guards in various parts of the Alhambra complex make you show them. 
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