Gate of the Pomegranates – Back Facade
Located at the foot of the Sabika Hill, the Puerta de las Granadas (Gate of the Pomegranates) is a gateway to the Alhambra monuments. Check the map of the Alhambra and Generalife for its location. It is one of the two access points available for visitors on foot and is connected to the Granada city center via the Plaza Nueva street.
The Gate of the Pomegranates is a Roman-style arched gate built in 1526 to commemorate the visit of Carlos V (1500 – 1558), Holy Roman Emperor, and also King of Spain, Germany, and Italy. It replaced a gate built in the Nasrid period. The architect of this gate is Pedro Machuca, who also built the Palacio Carlos V (Charles V Palace), one of the famous Christian-era buildings in the Alhambra.
The image shows the back facade of the Gate of the Pomegranates. Embedded on the wall on the left side of the pathway is a small tombstone etched with poetic words that pay touching tributes to Alhamar, the founder of the Alhambra. It was installed in 1932 as part of the ceremonies commemorating the 7th centenary of the founding of the Emirate of Granada. The author of these beautiful words is Francisco Villaespesa Martín (1877 – 1936), a famed Spanish poet and writer who had close ties to Granada.
Check the front facade of this gate. The lintel on the front view is a sculpture of a two-headed eagle covering the coat of arms of Carlos V, and on top of the pediment are the sculptures of three opened pomegranates, the reason why the gate got its name.
— Palacios Nazaríes – Nasrid Palaces – A Shining Example of Moorish Art and Architecture
— Los Jardines del Partal – The Gardens of the Partal
— Alcazaba – A Formidable Fortress of the Nasrids
— Medina – Nasrid City
— Alhambra – Christian-Era Monuments
— Alhambra – Outer Monuments
– Generalife – Heavenly Gardens of the Nasrids
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