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The Alhambra castle complex was built in a typical Arabic style at the top of the hill above the city. It consists of the Alcazaba castle, a magnificent and ornate Nasrid Palace with several courtyards and a fountain, the palace of Charles V, the Generalife summer palace and extensive castle gardens. The site has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984. The castle walls offer a magnificent view of the surroundings, in particular the Albaicín district. In the palaces you can visit the original layout of the rooms, where many decorative elements deserve special attention.
The buildings were built in the ninth century for defensive purposes. Initially it was a stronghold of Moorish rulers. Until the fourteenth century, the complex was expanded by the Nasrid dynasty. Muhammad I Ibn Yusufa was particularly well-deserved for this work. The fortress was taken over in the fifteenth century as a result of the Reconquista, as the last bastion of Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula. Then she served as a prison. It was not until the 19th century that the building was restored and its original character was restored. Architect Manuel Gómez-Moreno González supervised the work.