Palaces and Courtyards of Granada.

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Dobla de Oro is a cultural tour that explores the Nazarine heritage from the Alhambra to the Albaicín. The route is named Dobla after the Nazarine gold coin and includes some of the finest buildings spread around the city, all open to the public. Obviously the Alhambra is a must for a visit to Granada and these buildings should be seen too to really discover the Moorish past.

CASA DE ZAFRA

Calle Concepción de Zafra, 4, 18010 Granada

This Nazarine palace in the old quarter of the Albaicín was built at the end of the 14th century. The Catholic monarchs gave it to their secretary Hernando de Zafra, hence the name. On his death the palace became part of the Santa Catalina de Zafra Convent from 1527 to 1946 when it was passed into public hands. The outbuildings are arranged around a rectangular courtyard with a pool in the centre. Decorative plaster relief, woodwork and some murals inherent to Nazarine architecture have been preserved. The western galley of the upper floor offers splendid views of the Alhambra and the River Darro Valley.

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm in Winter ( October 15th – March 14th) and 10 am to 8.00 pm the rest of the year.

 

CASA HORNO DE ORO

Calle Horno del Oro, 6, 18010 Granada

Also located in the old Arabic quarter of the Albaicín this place was built in the late 15th century and expanded after the Christian conquest, it’s interior architecture synthesises elements from both Muslim and Christian cultures, known as Mudejar. The building is arranged around a rectangular courtyard with a pool with Nazarine archways that hold up the Mudejar gallery. Don’t miss the Mudejar style wooden framework on the second floor.

 

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm in Winter ( October 15th – March 14th) and 10 am to 8.00 pm the rest of the year.

 

CASA DEL CHAPIZ

Cuesta del Chapiz, 3, 18010 Granada

 

Another jewel in the Albaicín is the Casa del Chapiz, now housing the School of Arab Studies. The building has two courtyards surrounded by galleries with wooden balustrades. The second courtyard is the larger of the two and opens out to the Southern side as only three of the four sides of the building remain standing. To the East is the garden which was originally an orchard, an ideal place to stop and rest with views of the Alhambra and Generalifee, the summer palace.

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm in Winter ( October 15th – March 14th) and 10 am to 8.00 pm the rest of the year.

 

DAR AL-HORRA PALACE

Callejón de las Monjas s/n.  Albaicín

This palace was built in the heart of the of the first Islamic city and is known as the Palace of the “Honest Lady” referring to the Sultaness Aixa, mother to Boabdil, the last ruler of the Nazarite kingdom. It was also ceded by Queen Isabel to her secretary Hernando de Zafra and the outbuildings given to the monastery of Santa Isabel la Real. The palace was returned to public ownership in the both century. The building is arranged around a central courtyard and has a look out tower. Inscriptions on the walls read ‘Blessing’ ‘Happiness’ and ‘Continuous joy’. The top floor has spectacular views of the Albaicín .

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm in Winter ( October 15th – March 14th) and 10 am to 8.00 pm the rest of the year.

 

EL BANUELO

Carrera del Darro, 31, 18010 Granada

These are considered to be the oldest and best preserved Arab baths in Spain. It was known as “Hamman Al-Yawza” (Walnut  tree baths) The domed roof lets in the light through skylights which create the effect of stars shining above. The baths were closed down by Phillip II because he deemed them to be sinful. It was declared a National Monument in 1918. The baths are located by the River Darro where you pass through the house and courtyard to the the three halls: warm, tepid and cold. All of them built with using reclaimed Roman, Visigoth , Caliphal and Nazarite components. 

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm in Winter ( October 15th – March 14th) and 10 am to 8.00 pm the rest of the year.

CORRAL DEL CARBON

Calle Mariana Pineda

This building is in the centre of Granada just off the main street Reyes Catolicas. This building, originally called Alhóndiga Nueva, New Public Granary, was founded by Sultan Mohammed V and was used as a hostel and warehouse for merchants and traders. After the conquest of the Catholic monarchs it was renamed Corral de Carbon in the 16th century as it was being used to as an inn and coal warehouse. The courtyard was also used as a comedy theatre and today it continues as a theatre for the summer flamenco festival. It has a central stone fountain with two spouts which was said to supply Granada with water from the two rivers, the Darro and Genil. The entrance, a horseshoe arch with a pillar to support the window above with intricate plasterwork is not to be missed.

Open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6 pm in Winter ( October 15th – March 14th) and 10 am to 8.00 pm the rest of the year.

 

 

 

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