What monuments can you see in Granada?
Granada will fascinate you.It is a small city but with a number of attractions that
deserve to lengthen your stay to be able to appreciate and taste everything. Just on the
visit of the Alhambra one spends 3 hours to see everything, so you invest a lot of time.
It also depends on the degree of interest and beauty that awakens in the traveler but we
assure you that it will be high, because the Alhambra is a city palace that surprises every
stay of its landscaped and walled structure. It is a treasure that one never gets tired of
appreciating, from the most hidden to the most superficial details. Above, from some of
the balconies of the Alhambra, there is a beautiful view of the Albaicín and the
Sacromonte. The gardens of the Generalife are a joy for the sight, a moment that
without a doubt you will want to immortalize.
Besides, you have the Albaicín and the Sacromonte, the high part of the city and radically different to the center of Granada. They are different, picturesque, and extravagant, they have charming areas, where it seems that a different rhythm of life and everyday life is carried on. Natural watchtowers where you can contemplate with admiration Granada, which rests at your feet. An attractive point you have to try is to go up to the Sacromonte Abbey and get lost during the day in its district of flowers, narrow streets and long paths. The Cathedral, the Carthusian Monastery, the Royal Chapel and the Arab baths of El Bañuelo complete the monumental offer of a religious city. It is a meeting point for great civilizations and an architectural beauty without equal. Enjoy Granada and let yourself be immersed by its incredible spirit and magic.
La Alhambra, the wonder of humanity
It is a fascinating complex is one of the most visited monuments in Europe and one of the most beautiful in the world. It is considered the fourteenth wonder of the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 and it takes approximately three hours to visit the entire place. It is mainly constituted by the gardens of the Generalife, the Nasrid Palaces and the Alcazaba. Its origins date back to the 13th century when the first Nasrid monarch, Mohamed I, established his residence there. It is an immense fortress, walled and it looks like a palatial miniature city full of gardens, leafy vegetation, flowers, colors, impossible arches, Arabic architecture, long paths, interior courtyards, fountains, water spaces, bathrooms and large esplanades. It is a real barbarity. It is worthwhile to stop at the details as well as at the immense landscape. There is also a beautiful view of the Albaicín and the Sacromonte from its courtyards and elevated terraces. It will make you want to enjoy not only the beauty of its different rooms, but also to take a lot of pictures. The Alhambra is a great example of how light and water can offer important decorative effects. Do not miss the night visit, one of the great unknown that turns out to be highly recommended. A spectacle of light, color and water to please you with the kindness of the Alhambra. At night, colors and shades are lost but magic and sensations are obtained.
Patio de los Leones, an essential visit of the Alhambra
Just the fact of putting a foot on this large and wide room will make you appreciate its identity, charisma and personality. Everyone who visits it is aware of its dimension and beauty. It is a wide courtyard dominated by a fountain with 12 lion which are all different and this lions give name to this part of the enclosure. It has two pavilions or temples, one is exterior and the other one is interior. You get access to the interior one by crossing the 124 columns that form the beautiful porticoed galleries.
The Sacromonte Abbey
The Sacromonte Abbey is one of the most interesting places and one of the monuments that has one of the most important historical legacies of the whole city of Granada. Therefore, it is a must for all tourists who come to the city, despite being one of the most unknown. For this reason, today we bring you the history, the structure, the parts and all the curiosities that surround this magnificent monument of the city of Granada to arouse your curiosity and encourage you to visit it.
The Cathedral, impressive and appealing
It is the first Renaissance Cathedral in Spain and the second largest in the country. It has a completely rounded High Altar, unprecedented in the history of architecture and it has extraordinary dimensions. If you are a devotee this is a visit you must do. For those who are not, you have to visit the place because it is an architectural jewel that is worthy of being seen from the outside and also from the inside because it really makes an impact and impresses in equal parts.
La Capilla Real, worship to funerals
It is located between the Cathedral, the Lonja ledge and the church of the Sacred, in the heart of Granada. It was built by the Catholic Monarchs at the beginning of the 16th century to turn it into the burial place for their bodies. It is part of the Cathedral complex and it's located in a privileged area in the centre. In Gothic style, it is another of Granada's inherited attractions.
La Cartuja, the jewel of the baroque style
It is a monastery that combines different styles but it represents one of the peaks of Baroque architecture in Spain. It is a wonderful thing and worth the visit although the fatigue may surface at some point taking into account the amount of attractions that this city has. The Altar, its Sacristy, the wood works, the collection of paintings by Sánchez Cotán and the Baroque character of the Monastery itself are all beautiful.
The Arabic baths of the Bañuelo
Its labeled conceptually in diminutive because it is smaller than the other royal baths of the Alhambra. It graphically represents the ritual of physical and spiritual cleansing of that time and it also reproduces faithfully what it also meant the meeting points. These are the best preserved public baths on the peninsula. It is declared to be of cultural interest.
Granada Science Park
The Science Park shows the versatility of the city and the scientific spirit of Andalusia. Granada is known for the Alhambra, Lorca and the Andalusian accent. However, it also has a brilliant side related to medicine, astrology, technology, etc. If you are in Andalusia for a few days and want to get into the world of science, you should visit the park!
Federico Garcia Lorca's Museum Birthplace
The Huerta de San Vicente was Federico García Lorca‘s summer family residence. The old barn has been transformed into a valuable place, an exhibition room for the author’s photographs, publications and manuscripts. Its rooms reflect part of his life, of his youth in the decoration and furniture. A place where you can discover the experiences, stories and life reflected in a house-museum, not to be missed if you visit Granada.
Museum of Fine Arts, Granada
Granada has thousands of plans to do so you will not get bored. In addition, it is a city that has a lot of history and thousands of famous monuments. You can come and visit the Alhambra, with its impressive Generalife, the Palace of Charles V or the Museum of Fine Arts. So, if you are an art lover you cannot miss going to the museum of fine arts of Granada, where you will enjoy seeing contemporary art and more than two thousand three hundred works, spread over ten rooms in the museum. In addition, you can enjoy the whole day there since this area has restaurants where you can enjoy the gastronomy of Granada. Also, in this area of the Alhambra, the Generalife offers night visits so there is no excuse to go to this place and you can also get there by public transport. Are you going to miss one of the most impressive places in Granada? Come and enjoy this place, which will remain engraved in your mind.
Corral del Carbón
Granada, a province that reaches the sky from the steep peaks of the Sierra Nevada, that offers pure monumental art, music and poetry, a place where the days will be short, and where there are countless places to visit. In Granada, you will be amazed. But we already know that visiting the Alhambra will undoubtedly be the main reason that will lead you to travel to Granada, but our visit to the city should not be centred here, as Granada has many more beautiful places to offer. In fact those places, such as the Corral del Carbón, are the ones that will not leave you indifferent as they are full of history and beauty, and that is also due to the fact that they are not so crowded. Discover all the information about this little piece of the 14th century, an old Andalusian alhóndiga from 1336, a reflection of the history of Granada and the Arab legacy that remains latent in the city.
Monastery of San Jerónimo Granada
The Monastery of San Jerónimo is a Renaissance jewel in the city of Granada. It is located just 250 metres from the Basilica San Juan de Dios and 800 metres from the Cathedral of Granada, so if you are walking through the city centre you can’t miss it. This monument will undoubtedly leave you amazed with its history and the numerous curiosities that it offers, which is why it is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest.
The Madrasa Palace
La Madraza was founded in 1349 and located in Oficios Street. It was the first University of Granada for theological and scientific studies. In this university were taught such illustrious characters as Ibn al-Khatib whose poems decorate the walls and fountains of the Alhambra. In addition, it is the only building that remains standing from the Nasrid Granada. The meaning of madrasa is school or university and comes from an Arabic word. Its impressive library was burned by Cisneros in the Bib-Rambla square, so Ferdinand II of Aragon gave it to the City Hall. This has been transformed until it reached a baroque style in 1722. It is also known as the Old Town Hall. The State finally took it back in 1943. Today it is the seat of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Nuestra Señora de las Angustias. This seat belongs to the University of Granada.
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