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Palace of Carlos V

Alhambra, Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)
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Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: This beautiful Renaissance palace was built in the 1530s and is located in the Alhambra complex adjacent to the better-known Nasrid palaces.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Palace of Carlos V is an imposing building with a huge central circular patio which has remarkable acoustic properties. Its double height Ionic columns and arcading are certainly impressive although I found the lovely curving staircases to the next level and the wonderfully carved wooden ceilings just as interesting. However, in the early morning sun it was a attractive... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is free to enter and includes a small museum. It's basically just a circular courtyard that you can walk around, and there's not really anything to look at inside. It's really just a way to burn some time while waiting to visit the paid structures in the Alhambra.

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Granada, Spain
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93 reviews 93 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The construction of a Renaissance palace in the middle of the muslim Alhambra is not of the taste of everybody, but after all... they built also a glass pyramid in the middle of the Louvre, no? So, forget the controversy and enjoy the fine architecture and the perfect acoustic of this amazing palace, never finished, never inhabited, a shell of... More

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Carlos V Palace is one of the most impressive Renaissance buildings in Spain and is impressive because of its round shape and its simplicity, which is very elegant. It has two museums, the Alhambra Museum and the Museo de Bellas Artes on the top floor. The round patio is very large and elegant too. The architect of this master... More

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Bedford, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Although the outside façade is quite impressive (but so out of place with the rest of the Alhambra), the inside is a complete let down. It's just an empty circular space - there's nothing else to see. There's a museum on the ground floor which is quite interesting but that's it. This is one to miss if time is a... More

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New Delhi
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Well an impressive looking building from the outside but that's it, unless you are interested in the museum, which is okay. Yes, the outside facade is impressive. Inside, walk around the circle a bit. The Alhambra museum is free while the other museum is free if you live in the EU. Can skip this building if you are constrained for... More

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This palace is not in harmony with all places around it. You got this feeling when comparing its architecture with the surrounding of Alhmbra's.

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philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

the palace lies in the alhambra complex just next to the other palaces. the structure itself is rather spartan, but it houses an interesting museum and art collection. you can visit this at any time during your overall ticket entrance to the complex. you need about 45 minutes if you see all of the components.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Although not really in keeping with the rest of the Alhamba buildings, there is no doubt that this is a beautiful building. A perfect circle, making for a perfect space for concerts with amazing acoustics.

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Valencia, España
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

If this were anywhere else, I would say that it was an impressive building however this is an abomination in the middle of the Alhambra!

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