The Alcaiceria

The Alcaiceria is the old Moorish silk market, which was the main market where the richest goods were bought and sold. Alcaiceria means the "house of Caesar", because the Emperor Justinian granted the Moors permission to make and sell silks. In the past this section of the city was much bigger and was an independent town that was closed at night and had its own mosque and customs house. In 1843 it was destroyed by a fire and was rebuilt to the present state. Today the Alcaiceria has many small stores that sell souvenirs and other goods that are quite inexpensive and it is the best place in Granada to find bargains. Many of these stores are owned by Moroccans and they have the best bargains, goods from all over the world. The Alcaiceria is located beside the Cathedral.