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Palace of Carlos V

Alhambra, Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)
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Ranked #36 of 100 attractions in Granada
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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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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8 helpful votes 8 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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35 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Altea, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This palace look quite impressive from the outside but I felt was a bit of a let down inside as it was very plain. The outside it square with many windows, but when you get inside, it has a circular courtyard over two levels. Not much else to see here other than the museum which is located in the same... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Pales next to the Nasrid palaces. Apart from the imposing facade, there is nothing much to see. It just does not fit into the area..The Moores created a vast sensual set of buildings and Carlos V the christians disrespectfully imposed a daft,arrogant structure that just looks out of place as it has zero sensitivity. If you see it from the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Apart from the imposing facade, there is nothing much to see. We found out that the palace is not completed! It is missing a floor. The architecture is interesting with the influences of the Renaissance imbued. Overall, it is not as breathtaking as the Nasrid Palaces.

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