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Main monuments of Granada

We are ready to visit this wonderful city that offers us many options, so let’s start by knowing the main monuments of Granada.

Alhambra and Generalife

The most famous and emblematic palace and fortress that reigns over the city. It is a must for any visitor of Granada. It had its maximum splendor in the time of the Nasrids and even today it continues to dazzle those who visit it.

It consists of buildings from different eras, such as the Palace of Charles the 5th and the Alhambra Museum or the Nasrid palaces themselves. From all the enclosure you can also enjoy some impressive views of the city.

It offers different possibilities of self-guided visits or guided ones, also with night schedules. In its gardens there are different events such as concerts or theaters, especially during summer.

Cathedral

It is located in the heart of the city. It is considered the first Renaissance church in Spain and the second largest cathedral, with a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles. It has a spectacular dome and a bell tower that can be seen from different parts of the city.

Its dimensions are extraordinary and its High Altar has important works by the famous grenadian artist, Alonso Cano.

In addition, in the surrounding squares and streets, there is a wonderful smell of tea and spices from the businesses that are there. There are local people and from all over the world, who enjoy the terraces, the sun or the music of street artists.

Royal chapel

Next to the cathedral, there is the tomb of the Catholic Monarchs, as well as his daughter Juana la Loca and her husband Felipe el Hermoso. After the conquest of Granada in 1492, the Catholic Monarchs decided to build their own funerary chapel inside the Cathedral. Before there was the Great Mosque, and now there are four buildings: the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, the Lonja and the Church of Sagrario.

The impressive sculptures of Domenico Fancelli and Bartolomé Ordóñez are worthy of admiration.

Monastery of La Cartuja

Everyone who visits this monastery is fascinated by its beauty and the peace you can breath there. It is placed in a wide esplanade of orchards that were yielded by the Great Captain for the stablishment of a Carthusian abbey.

In the past it housed a community of Carthusian monks. It mixes different styles, but represents one of the peaks of Spanish Baroque architecture. Currently, it is considered as an Asset of Cultural Interest and it is a National Artistic Treasure historical-artistic Monument.

It has an exuberant decoration, and has a church, sacristy, tabernacle and an impressive dome painted by Antonio Palomino. The building houses an important collection of paintings, among which the Carthusian Juan Sánchez Cotán stands out.

From its location there are beautiful views of the city. It is worth enjoying a different perspective to the one we see from the Alhambra.

Monastery of San Jerónimo

It was the first monastery that was built in Granada after the Christian conquest of the city. In his church the Great Captain and his wife are buried. It was built with the Arab stones from Puerta de Elvira Arch.

The church and the convent are the work of El Florentino, El Indiano and Diego de Siloé. The beauty of his altarpiece is fully remarkable. Its surrounding and patios are also impressive and stand out for its sobriety.

It was ravaged by the French, and much of its beautiful ornaments and the church tower were lost. The tower was later rebuilt.

Dobla de Oro

The touristic itinerary called La Dobla de Oro is a set of Hispanic-Muslim monuments declared World Heritage by Unesco. It starts at the hill of the Sabika, from the Alhambra, ending at the Albaicín neighborhood. While we walk from one point to another we can enjoy the charm of the neighborhood and its streets.

The visited monuments are the Dar Al-Horra Palace, in the heart of the zirí citadel; the Corral del Carbón, which was the old market and hostel of merchants; El Bañuelo, the oldest and best preserved public bath in Spain; the House of Zafra; Casa Horno de Oro, near Carrera del Darro and Paseo de los Tristes; the Casa del Chapiz, in the limits between the Albaicín and the Sacromonte that nowadays is the headquarters of the School of Arab Studies.

There are many more places to visit for sure. Here we tell you what are the main monuments of Granada. Dare to discover them and lose yourself in their history!

And, of course, do not hesitate to immortalize your visit to Granada. Do a Pictourama!

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