Named after "Jardines del Alarife” or “Garden of the Architect,” Palacio de Generalife was built between the 12th and the 14th century.
It served double purpose during the olden times. Aside from being the place of relaxation for Muslim royalty, the land was also used for grazing and cultivation.
THE COURT OF THE MAIN CANAL
The main courtyard is called the Patio de la Acequia (Courtyard of the Water Channel).
The water here goes through the villa before supplying the other areas in Alhambra below.
It is said to be the heart and soul of the palace grounds, with its outstanding landscape and lush interior garden.
Take a look at how breathtaking it is here, thanks to these lovely miradors!
This is how it looks like inside the Palace of Generalife:
THE SOULTANA´S COURT
Also known as Patio del Ciprés de la Sultana (Court of the Sultana’s Cypress Tree), this beautiful patio has a garden, pool, and water jets. Built in 1584, there used to be a Palace Bath in this area.
The Generalife Palace Low Gardens
This garden beneath the Palace of Generalife was constructed during the Arabic rule but it was constantly changed over time.
In 1930s, a labyrinth garden with roses and cypress trees were added. In 1951, more gardens and pergolas were placed.
In 1952, this outdoor amphitheater was built for the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance. This event has been held here annually ever since.
The Promenade of the Cypress Trees
Named after its line of cypress trees, the Promenade of the Cypress Trees (Paseo de los Cipreses) takes visitors to the exit.
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