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Alhambra: Abencerrajes’ Palace – Ruins of the rooms


Rooms of the Abencerrajes’ Palace
The image shows the ruins of the rooms of the Abencerrajes’ Palace in the archaeological site of the Abencerrajes’ Palace, located on the upper area of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

The floor plan has the characteristics of the Moorish architecture of a house. As you can see, it has several rooms and a courtyard in the center.

Behind the palace is the thick defensive wall, which runs along the edges of the entire Alhambra area. The adarve (the path on the top of the wall) connects the watchtowers built along this wall.

Napoleon occupied the Alhambra from 1808 to 1812 and was responsible for destroying the buildings on this site. Upon his defeat, he ordered his retreating troops to blow up the palace, including the Abencerrajes’ Tower.

The site was left abandoned after the destruction. However, this changed in the 1930s when the restoration of the Alhambra started. After the discovery of the Nasrid-era artifacts in this area, archaeologists took a keen interest in this site and started excavating different parts of the palace. The significant excavations took place in 1957, 1990, and 1991. The ruins you see are the results of these excavations and some restoration.

Before the destruction, the palace was known as the Palacio de la Contaduría (Accounting Palace) because the Christian kings who took over the Alhambra gave this area to the senior accountant of the Royal Council in 1501.

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