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Palace of Carlos V

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Address: Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Phone Number: 34958563508
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This beautiful Renaissance palace was built in the 1530s and is located in...

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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Emperors could trump town planners so this ugly renaissance banker-style pile got dumped next to the beauty of the Nazrid palaces. But inside... the colonnaded courtyard is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Pristina, Kosovo

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This palace it is a severe contrast with the rest of Alhambra and lacks the charm and romanticism that surround that area

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the Alhambra, this contains the museum, and is the unfinished palace of Carlos V. I was especially taken with the Frescoes on the outside of the building.

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Pristina, Kosovo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Emperors could trump town planners so this ugly renaissance banker-style pile got dumped next to the beauty of the Nazrid palaces. But inside... the colonnaded courtyard is a spectacularly beautiful space, and a real experience to listen to a concert in. The two museums housed within - the Alhambra museum and the Museum of Fine Arts - are a great... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think if this was on the top of a hill somewhere, or commanding a vast piazza somewhere it would be pretty awesome. However positioned in the middle of the Alhambra it seems totally out of place and awkward. The most impressive element is the huge circular area with 2 tiers of collonades - but apart for a small museum... More 

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Thank Me_n_my_rucksack
Austin, Texas
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Carlos V palace is a part of Alhambra complex. If you are running out of time, feel free to skip it. It is nothing special in comparison to Generalife, Nasrid Palaces, or Alcazaba. For tips on visiting Alhambra complex, see my review of Alhambra.

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Thank Vera L
Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The whole complex is utterly amazing and the palace of Carlos V is a part of the whole vast complex. Beautiful architecture but there is not really much to see in the once-grand palace. It seems out of place. There is quite an interesting history behind the palace.

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San Isidro, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Give a short time to the palace once inside the Alhambra. The architecture part is seen in a few moments. Take some time for the museum in the basement. A beautiful building but the Renaissance style has nothing to do with the Moorish style elsewhere.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We had read we get to see royal apartment here too but we saw only the museum. The exhibits were pretty good though

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Waterloo, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

A massive ugly unfinished building the only redeeming feature being the acoustics which are amazing - fully understand why they use it for concerts. Also used as a holding area for tours as they time their entrances to the Nasrin Palaces. A quick look, a photo or two then off again - an interesting free museum as you enter on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Sadly when the Catholics kicked the moors out of Spain they decided to build this monstrosity. Not a patch on the moorish architecture. An early example of architectural vandalism. The Spanish should hold their heads in shame. Not as bad as the Mezquita in Córdoba though!

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