Palace of Carlos V
Palace of Carlos V
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This beautiful Renaissance palace was built in the 1530s and is located in the Alhambra complex adjacent to the better-known Nasrid palaces.
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  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,070 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace of Charles V
    Inside the Alhambra, is the Palace of Charles V. The palace patio, was a special place for me, as it was an oval patio with two levels and several columns, making this visually stunning and acoustical unique. The palace was built in the Classical Renaissance style, ancient Roman influenced and very beautiful. I was fortunate enough to get some photos at night just before leaving the palace with no tourists in the photos!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand patio is a must!
    The Palace of Carlos V is stunning. Construction on the Palace started in the 16th century, but wasn’t completed and stood roofless until 1967. It is a reminder of Italian Renaissance architecture. In the center is the grand patio which is the highlight of the building with 32 columns. I highly recommend coming here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely archeology museum
    Charles V was the grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella who captured the city from the Moors in 1492. His palace was a total contrast to the Moorish buildings; where they were graceful and delicate this building was a brutal dog, marking its territory on the Islamic Alhambra. The exterior was particularly ugly and the interior marginally better, with 2 levels of circular collonades. There was very little ornamentation so we actually spent around 5 minutes there. We did visit the archeology museum on the ground floor before leaving though and that was excellent, with information on the Visigothic and Muslim kingdoms of Spain and trade, money and culture. A lot of information was in English and there were some fabulous exhibits.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 April 2024
  • R K L
    Seattle, Washington3,746 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to see it being used for museums...
    Part of the Alhambra complex, the Palace of Carlos V was an imposing building simply because of its size and location. The circular inner courtyard might have been spectacular in its time. However, as it stands today, it was just a large Renaissance-era structure. It was good to see that it was being used to house several museums.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,074 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weirdly out of place in Alhambra!
    The Palace of Charles V seems quite out of place among the equisite architecture in Alhambra. That's largely due to the desire of Charles V to jam the palace onto the site Alhambra site, amongst the fabulous Moorish structures, following the Christians successful reconquest of Granada from the Moslems. The palace construction was started in 1527, following a Renaissance or "Roman" style, and proceeded in fits for over a hundred years, before being abandoned in 1637. The palace was never really finished, although it has been called "completed" after restoration work in 1923. The exterior is rather austere (some would say ugly), but the interior courtyard with a 2-level colonnade has some appeal. That said, it strikes one more as an arena than a palace and, in fact, the "palace" has never served as anyone's home.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,074 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Palace of Charles V seems quite out of place among the equisite architecture in Alhambra. That's largely due to the desire of Charles V to jam the palace onto the site Alhambra site, amongst the fabulous Moorish structures, following the Christians successful reconquest of Granada from the Moslems. The palace construction was started in 1527, following a Renaissance or "Roman" style, and proceeded in fits for over a hundred years, before being abandoned in 1637. The palace was never really finished, although it has been called "completed" after restoration work in 1923. The exterior is rather austere (some would say ugly), but the interior courtyard with a 2-level colonnade has some appeal. That said, it strikes one more as an arena than a palace and, in fact, the "palace" has never served as anyone's home.
Written 12 June 2024
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R K L
Seattle, WA3,746 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Part of the Alhambra complex, the Palace of Carlos V was an imposing building simply because of its size and location. The circular inner courtyard might have been spectacular in its time. However, as it stands today, it was just a large Renaissance-era structure. It was good to see that it was being used to house several museums.
Written 21 May 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,307 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Charles V was the grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella who captured the city from the Moors in 1492. His palace was a total contrast to the Moorish buildings; where they were graceful and delicate this building was a brutal dog, marking its territory on the Islamic Alhambra.
The exterior was particularly ugly and the interior marginally better, with 2 levels of circular collonades. There was very little ornamentation so we actually spent around 5 minutes there.
We did visit the archeology museum on the ground floor before leaving though and that was excellent, with information on the Visigothic and Muslim kingdoms of Spain and trade, money and culture. A lot of information was in English and there were some fabulous exhibits.
Written 30 April 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Palace of Carlos V is stunning. Construction on the Palace started in the 16th century, but wasn’t completed and stood roofless until 1967. It is a reminder of Italian Renaissance architecture. In the center is the grand patio which is the highlight of the building with 32 columns. I highly recommend coming here.
Written 4 January 2024
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David N
Brisbane, Australia1,751 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Despite this palace not being completely finished it still provides an amazing amount of history and culture. The architecture is incredible with circular inside the square design. Definitely worth a tour
Written 18 October 2023
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Inside the Alhambra, is the Palace of Charles V. The palace patio, was a special place for me, as it was an oval patio with two levels and several columns, making this visually stunning and acoustical unique. The palace was built in the Classical Renaissance style, ancient Roman influenced and very beautiful. I was fortunate enough to get some photos at night just before leaving the palace with no tourists in the photos!
Written 19 July 2023
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This Renaissance palace is located inside Alhambra. Construction began in 1527 but the building stood roofless until 1967.

From the outside, the building is a square but inside it has a huge round courtyard. For me, it resembled a bullfighting arena.

Inside the palace, you can find also Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada.
Written 2 April 2023
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Leif B
Pietarsaari, Finland2,972 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The only one who wanted to destroy the harmony of the Alhambra Palace was King Charles V, who demolished parts of the beautiful former Nasrid palace complex on top of the Sabika hill in order to show the primacy of the Christians. Construction began in 1527 but dragged on and was left unfinished after 1637. The building has never been a home to a monarch and stood roofless until 1967.
Written 12 November 2022
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WitchyYork
Strensall, UK1,332 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The palace architecture on the outside is magnificent, inside are a couple of museums and a large circular courtyard but little else.
Written 26 September 2022
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David D
Devon, UK25,234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Wednesday 11th May and we visited the amazing Alhambra, where this is one of the star attractions.

Part of the exterior building was shrouded in scaffolding and plastic for restoration and repairs. This did not detract for the sheer magnificence of the building.

We entered through the large doorway with it wooden door, ir was flanked by two smaller doors with ornate cherubs above.

It was a surprise to see that the interior was a large exposed circular courtyard surrounded by a covered arcade supported by numerous stone columns.

Walking along the arcade there were a number if large wooden doors, access to what was behind them was not permitted.

We climbed the grand stone staircase to the first floor, this was also circular and the stone columns supported a split level terracotta wavy tiled roof. The ceiling above the arcade was carved wooden panels.

The stone walls had sculpted columns and alcoves, which presumably, at one stage, had statues on display in them.

One of the rooms on the first floor was dedicated to an art exhibition, Museo de Balls Artes, which we did not visit. However, we did visit the interesting Museo de Alhmbra on the ground floor.
Written 11 May 2022
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