In 2011 alone 3,096.829 people visited this stunning historic monument.
This building was the symbol of the Nazrid Kingdom it dates from the year 1238.
Details in ceramic tiles, alabaster, stone, wood and precious metals. Wall engraved with thousands of religious and poetic verses at the request of King Yusuf I back in the 14th century that we can still see today.
The Red castle as it is also known has been the emblem of the city of Granada for almost 800 years now. It´s amazing how well conserved it is. In 1984 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. (see my related post: UNESCO sites in Spain)
The Nazari palace is the centre of the palace and is made up of a maze of spiralling corridors and rooms. Imagine how this would have looked with beautiful ceramics and furnishings with silk laden princesses flitting through the passages.
On a recent visit I was lucky to be able to see the Peinador de la Reina. This is an area which is not usually open to the public. It overlooks the Carrera del Darro from high above and inside holds detailed paintings on its interior walls from the 16th century.
This photo below shows the intricate woodwork of the rooms. Originally these wooden beams were decorated in red and gold colours which have faded over time.
Hope you get to visit sometime soon. It´s well worth the trip.