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Did you know that the Casas de la Mimbre were built in the 16th century?

05/03/2014

The Marquis of Cerralvo, Governor of Granada, ordered the building of the Casas de la Mimbre in 1550. The houses were owned by the Marquis of Campotéjar until 1921 and came into the hands of the Council of the Alhambra and...

¿Did you know that in his famous Tales of the Alhambra Washington Irving says that the Suspiro del Moro owes its name to ...

07/01/2014

I spurred my horse to the summit of a rock, where Boabdil uttered his last sorrowful exclamation, as he turned his eyes from taking their farewell gaze; it is still denominated el ultimo suspiro del Moro (the last sigh of the...

Did you know that a beautiful poem by Ibn Zamrak appears on three panels around the right-hand niche of the muqarna entrance arch between the Court of the Myrtles and the Hall of the Ship?

03/02/2014

When you enter the Hall of the Ship from the Court of the Myrtles, you walk under a grand muqarna arch which rises above small marble tacas (niches) that contained water-vessels.

Right-hand niche    ...

Did you know that it is now 92 years since the inauguration of the sculpture-tribute to Ángel Ganivet in the Alhambra Wood erected by the sculptor Juan Cristóbal?

02/10/2013

It is the 92nd anniversary of the inauguration of the sculpture carved by the Almeria artist Juan Cristóbal (1898-1961) as a tribute to Ángel Ganivet, a famous writer and diplomat from Granada. The idea for the sculpture was...

Did you know that… the Alhambra and the Generalife produce over 50,000 flower plants a year for their gardens.

06/05/2013

Keeping the gardens in a state of exuberant beauty all year round requires a huge effort on the part of our gardeners. A little-known but surprising fact is that our gardens require more than 80,000 flower plants a year. For this...

Did you know that it is 90 years since the arrival of Leopoldo Torres Balbás as the architect-conservator of the Alhambra...

05/04/2013

Almost 90 years have gone by but his memory lingers on in the Alhambra. It was on 14th April 1923 that Leopoldo Torres Balbás arrived in Granada to take charge of the conservation of the Alhambra, a post he would continue to hold...

Did you know the Alhambra post office is a historical building?

04/07/2012

The millions of tourists who visit the Alhambra and the Generalife each year, and the protection and conservation requirements of this exceptional heritage site are serious considerations whenever work needs to be carried out....

Did you know At the Alhambra there is a bay tree that represents the myth of Daphne and Apollo?

30/05/2012

In the Generalife's Romantic Gardens, close to the Water Stairway, there is a very special laurel tree, which for years has been used as an attractive educational prop on the Nature at the Alhambra route, part of the Education...

Did you know the new French satellite has chosen the Alhambra to showcase its capacity and accuracy?

27/02/2012

Pléiades 1A, the newest French satellite, has photographed the Alhambra, along with other international sites, in order to showcase its pinpoint accuracy from space. The captured photo, in black and white, shows part of the...

Did you know the tiles in the Alhambra can be used to explain a Nobel-winning theory?

02/11/2011

The Alhambra is a place of constant surprises. The pentagonal tiles in the Nasrid palace have now become the perfect example to explain a Nobel-prize winning chemistry theory.

On the morning of 8 April 1982, Israeli scientist...