The Historical city Center of Granada

The Historical city Center of Granada

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Granada’s most important religious, administrative, commercial and cultural activities have taken place in this part of the city since it was founded a millennium ago.  Today the quaint, pedestrian streets, tree lined avenues and shady squares are home to a variety of handicrafts shops. They…

Granada’s most important religious, administrative, commercial and cultural activities have taken place in this part of the city since it was founded a millennium ago. 

Today the quaint, pedestrian streets, tree lined avenues and shady squares are home to a variety of handicrafts shops. They keep selling traditional and diverse local products or imported goods.  The sidewalk cafés, lively tapas bars, restaurants with terraces and coffee shops attract locals and tourists alike.  Colorful festivals take place in the central square of Bib Rambla, around its elegant, ornate fountains.

The Muslim kingdom of Granada was famous for Andalusian workmanship, in particular for silk weaving. The silk market was located for centuries in the historic Alcaicería along the Darro river, now covered over by an important road.  A small bazaar of handicrafts, jewellery and other souvenirs is all that remains.  Nearby the evocative Corral del Carbón, a unique 14th century caravanserai (lodging and wharehousing for merchants) has been well restored.

 

Immediately after the Christian conquest of the Kingdom of Granada, a gothic style Royal Chapel was built on the site of the Mosque, to house the impressive tombs of the Catholic Kings.  Later, under their grandson Charles V, an immense Renaissance Cathedral was started in the middle of 16th century. It wasn’t finished until the beginning of 18th century and finally it turned to baroque style.

Opposite the Madrassa, site of Granada’s Muslim School of Learning or the house of science. It has been considered as the first and unique public university of Al-Andalus. On Christian period this place became the city’s first Town Hall.  Is is now home to the Fine Arts Academy of the University of Granada.   Inside, the original Islamic oratory, a delicate gem of Andalusian art, the only part that has been faithfully preserved. 

Our tour of Granada City Center reveals how this city, after 800 years as a major multi-cultural Muslim capital, was transformed in less than 100 years into a bastion of Christianity within the fast expanding Spanish Empire.

 

Duration of the tour: 2:00 -2:30 hours

Price for a private tour: Prices vary depending on number of participants. Please check.

Price of the monuments not included: Royal Chapel 5€ and Cathedral 5€.

Groups: from 1 person up to 30 people. For more than 20 people, a second guide is needed

Guided Visit from 12€

2:30 Hours
Grupos hasta 20 personas+ Age
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1
Plaza del Carmen
(Our meeting point) This large and pleasant plaza was the location of the first convent of Carmelite monks in Granada. It now forms part of the City Hall and is used for concerts and other events.
2
Corral del Carbón
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the unique Nasrid-era Muslim merchant hostel has been faithfully restored. Visit the courtyard where musical performances are given.
3
Alcaicería
The historic silk market was a shopper’s paradise for luxury textiles until mostly destroyed by fire in the 19th century. Placed in the very center of our tour.
4
Madrassa
A baroque palace, the city’s first Town Hall, was built in 17th century opposite the Royal Chapel over the original 14th century first University of Granada. It features inside a small, delicate Oratory and Mihrab from the original religious building.
5
Royal Chapel
This first Church of Granada was built in gothic style and contains the impressive tombs of the Catholic Kings and a significant art gallery. The mausoleum was ordered by Queen Isabella at the beginning of her reign as a powerful political gesture. Get impressed by originally Spanish-Flemish and Catholic Monarch private belongings.
6
Cathedral
Originally planned as a gothic temple, this grand Cathedral was finally planed to become Charles V mausoleum. Renaissance in style, and finished with an incredible baroque triumph arch as façade.

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