Qubba Libre !

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Since March 2015, a new relic of the Moorish past of Granada is available again - and for free! The Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo, since purchased by Granada's townhall in 1990, has at last been restored as an exhibition hall where visitors can enter for free and discover the remains of a palace from the beginning of the Nasrid Kingdom. The similarity between the qubba of this palace and the Ambassador's Hall of the Alhambra is striking.

When you come to the Realejo, if you see this facade, you'll be very close. 

Up the nearest slope, you'll find the entrance :

And once you enter, you'll find a magnificient qubba (hall of protocol) with a lot of its original decoration well preserved. During the Nasrid kingdom, this building was called Yannat al-Manyara al Kubra, covered a very large area of the Realejo and commandeered a view on all the vega. The name was transformed as Palace of Almanxarra after the Reconquista.

After the Reconquista, it was given to the Dominican order, which explains the current name of the surrounding, and in the middle of the XIXth century it became a private property and lost its portico and gardens and only the qubba was preserved, with the wall decorations below.

However, the building is still a goldmine for archeologists, as can be seen with the subterraneans and caves of the building.

All in all, this palace will not take more than one hour in your schedule but will surely take your breath away. 

More information on HERE.

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