At a time when the Spanish monarchy was not yet sure where to sit itself, Charles the V decided to impose the European/Christian stamp upon the Alhambra for good by commissioning a huge royal palace to its architect Pedro Machuca who saw it as a chance to put into practice what he learned in Italy with Michelangelo.

After the Alcazaba and the Tower of Comares, it's probably the next easiest building to spot in the Alhambra complex: a huge square with a hollow round courtyard in its center.

Needless to say, he never saw it completed, and no other Spanish king either, because the Palace took years to be built and got a definitive roof only at the beginning of the XXth century.

Its grandiose scale and noble proportions are typical of Renaissance. The Palace in itself is a thing of beauty, probably more fitting on the Italian peninsula than in the middle of the Alhambra, that's why it is still quite lamented and not very well loved.

The entrance is monumental and adorned with frescoes depicting battles:


However, it's free to visit AND it has a great acoustic, great for concerts.