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SILLA DEL MORO (the Moor's Chair) is the common name given to the place where stood the Santa Elena castle in Middle Age, and until the XIXth century.

The presence of a castle up there, above the Alhambra and Generalife themselves is testimony to the importance of the place for the life of the royal palace. This castle was in charge of defending the Generalife and its gardens, as well as the water supply for the whole Alhambra.

Nothing remains much today up there, because the Napoleonic troops destroyed most of it when they left the city in 1812. So, there is no other reason to go up there than the landscape itself, which gives an amazing rear view of the Alhambra, complete with the whole city, the Albayzin, and even the Sacromonte.

It's definitely not one of the top 5 spots to go in Granada, but if you have time and energy to spare, it's quite worth taking the opportunity, on foot or by bike.

Be warned : the site itself is free, but is open only on Saturday and Sunday, from 10h to 16h.

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