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Palace of Carlos V

Address: Alhambra, Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)
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Ranked #48 of 93 Attractions in Granada
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This beautiful Renaissance palace was built in the 1530s and is...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Being were it is clearly shows the switch in power in the 15th century. As Granada was the last city to fall into Catholic hands it was inevitable that another monument was built next to the Alhambra. It shows a unique architecture with a big contrast to the refined Alhambra. Go into this square building and discover it's round inside.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I described this part of the complex in my multifaceted review of the Whole Alhambra Complex. As you come in from the main gate, pass some formal cut hedges and then past some simple medieval baths. Free of charge they will take you no more than 10 minutes and if you are familiar with the Roman Bath system then you... More 

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Milton, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Vast and empty. This place is oddly sitting in the midst of the extensive, interesting, and beautiful, Alhambra. We watched loads of people walk in and walk out in 5-10 minutes. You could easily look at this from the outside and move on. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.

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Surrey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Vast empty space incongruously sitting in the middle of a rich and illustrious Alhambra, most people walkin and walkout in less than 5 mins. Whereas the Nasrid Palace fascinates almost everyone.

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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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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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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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