Did you know that the Palace of Charles V is a symbol for universal peace?

01/06/2009

The Palace of Charles V of the Alhambra was conceived as a symbol of universal peace. Along with design, in which the top view elevation of the building has a strong geometric component, the compound is conceived as a new Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace), by means of which the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, crowned in solemn ceremony by the Pope, shows that along with him a new - and permanent - universal peace is restored, a new order in which war is abolished.

The reliefs carved into the basement of the southern front of the palace show the instruments or equipment of war (armor pieces scattered among cannons left after the battle). In the main front, cupids and angels of peace can be contemplated, with torches in their hands to burn such war instruments. This main front represents the battle of Mühlberg, in which Charles V appears on horseback, underlining with his presence the final victory. The Empire´s crowned world or creation, between the Columns of Hercules, flanked by angels that carry palms of victory, certify the universal good news.

Another of the curiosities that contains the palace is that it belongs to the context of the architecture of the Renaissance, at a time when Europe looks to its origins. Also it meets again, among other styles, with the ancient Classicism of the Roman Empire. As in all emerging cultures, it is accompanied by icons and symbols, sometimes very subtle and others very obvious, which turn into identity signs with the time.

All these representations captured in the Palace of Charles V of the Alhambra of Granada, near to the palaces of the Nasrid sultans, which the Emperor´s grandparents the Catholic Monarchs urged to preserve, according to their words, “to make it perpetual memory”.