The Alhambra Towers A Short Descriptive

Pedro Salmeron Escobar, the architect, tells us that the Alhambra layout evolved organically. Taking a period of several centuries from the ancient hilltop fortress to what remains today. Defined by the river Daro and overlooking the Vega or Plain of Granada. The view descends from the Sierra Nevada.

The Tower of the Judge

Originally called the Prisoner’s Tower, the Torre del Cadí was restored in 1925. This tower leads to the original entrance to the Generalife.

Tower of the Mihrab

The Torre del Mihrab housed a small chapel beside it for the local habitants of the time, and it is to the right of the Ladies Tower. The inside chamber is broken into two parts, separated by a ornate arch.

The Points Tower

Built at the beginning of the 14th with early influences of Gothic design, the Torre de los Picos was named because of its unique pyramids.

The Ladies Tower

With some of the oldest decoration of the Alhambra still to survive The Torre de las Damas originally belonged to the magnates who lived near the Royal Palace.

The Rauda Tower

Just behind the Palace of the Lions (Palacio de los Leones), The Torre de la Rauda is connect to the Lions Palace by a door. Some believed that this was where the Kings of Granada were buried. Later the cemetery was found outside the palace, to the south. it is now believed that the Rauda was the main entrance to the original palace.

The Tower of the Captive

The Tower of the Captive (Torre de la Cautiva) is located on the path along the ramparts. During the 16th century it was called Tower of the Woman Thief (Torre de la Ladrona) and Tower of the Sultana (Torre de la Sultana). The name of the tower was changed to Tower of the Captive because it was thought that Lady Isabel de Solís lived there. She converted to the Islam with the name of Zoraya and was Muley Hacén’s favourite wife.

Tower of the Princesses

The Tower of the Princesses (Torre de las Infantas) is a small palace inside which there is a reference to know how Arab aristocratic dwellings were. In the 16th century this tower was called Ruiz y Quintarnaya’s Tower (Torre de Ruiz y Quintarnaya), for this was its inhabitant’s name. Since the 17th century it has received this new name because of the legend by Washington Irving about the princesses Zaida, Zoraida and Zorahaida.

The Tower of the End of the Street

The Tower of the End of the Street (Torre del Cabo de la Carrera) was so called because it was the limit of the Main Street (Calle Mayor) of the Alhambra. Only some remains of the tower are left, for it was destroyed by Napoleon’s troops in 1812 when they left Granada.

The Water Tower

The Water Tower (Torre del Agua) is so called because it is next to the aqueduct that takes water from the Generalife to the Alhambra. This is a three-floor tower, quite big and without decoration but there are only remains left, like the Tower of the End of the Street (Torre del Cabo de la Carrera) which was blown up in 1812.

The Water Tower

The Water Tower (Torre del Agua) is so called because it is next to the aqueduct that takes water from the Generalife to the Alhambra. This is a three-floor tower, quite big and without decoration but there are only remains left, like the Tower of the End of the Street (Torre del Cabo de la Carrera) which was blown up in 1812.

The Tower of the Seven Floors

The Tower of the Seven Floors (Torre de los Siete Suelos), on the southern part of the fortress, was the most important entrance to the Alhambra. The Muslims called it Bib «al-Gudur», which means Gate of the Wells, because of the dungeons that existed in the fields that were in front of the tower, which were used to keep prisoners.

The Tower of the Seven Floors

The Tower of the Seven Floors (Torre de los Siete Suelos), on the southern part of the fortress, was the most important entrance to the Alhambra. The Muslims called it Bib «al-Gudur», which means Gate of the Wells, because of the dungeons that existed in the fields that were in front of the tower, which were used to keep prisoners.

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