Silla del Moro mirador opens to the public

24/09/2011

The Silla del Moro mirador will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. As part of the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife (PAG) area, every Saturday, the mirador will open at 10 am, closing at 4 pm from 15 October until 14 March and at 6 pm from 15 March until 14 October and Sunday will open at 10 am, closing at 2 pm.

The Silla del Moro, part of the defensive system of 14th-century Granada, is a remnant of the mediaeval buildings associated with the Alhambra and Generalife, along with the Dar al-Arusa and Alijares Palaces. Located on the northern slope of Cerro del Sol, the Silla del Moro dominated the course of the Darro river, the Generalife gardens, the Alhambra, the town of Granada, the plain of Granada and the surrounding mountains. It was specifically located to watch over the Royal Water Channel which supplied the Alhambra and the Generalife.

PAG and the Ministry for Culture have recovered the Silla del Moro as a lookout point over the city, re-establishing its original use. The archaeological work carried out consolidates and enhances the building known as the Castle of Santa Elena or Silla del Moro, and has also discovered valuable new information, such as the original construction marks, providing important information on the building’s layout and structure.

The works were overseen by PAG and part-financed by the Ministry for Culture, through the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural), which in recent years financed a range of interventions at the Nasrid site, including the Gate of the Pomegranates and the Muslim graveyard.