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Palace of Carlos V

Alhambra, Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)
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Ranked #45 of 112 Attractions in Granada
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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Spend only a few minutes to admire the architecture of this palace as you make your way around the Alhambra complex. No need to set aside a lot of time to take it all in; concentrate your attention to the rest of the offerings at the Alhambra.

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Hethersett, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The building feels like it needs something. It really is monumental in size so maybe that's it, it just doesn't have any soul. Everybody will visit this anyway as they've just bought a general ticket into the alhambra so it's free.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Disappointing in comparison with the rest of Alhambra, especially taking into account Nasrid Palace and Generalife

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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163 attraction reviews
355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
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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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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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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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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