The Alhambra

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The Alhambra has a long  history, going back to before 9th century. Different rulers has used the Castle as both a fortress and as the set of their empire or Kingdom.

The first historical document describing the Alhambra, dates from the 9th century, when Sawwar ben Hamdun, seeked refuse in the fortress build at the hill top. Later on, in the Muslim rule of Spain, the sultans occupied the castle and used it as the center of their government, until the Catholic Monarchs toke over the ruling in Spain in the 15th century.

The switch between religions and architectural style makes the site unique, and a “must visit place” when visiting Granada.

The guide to Alhambra

The guide app includes detailed descriptions of 40 of the buildings and will guide you through the entire area.

GPS controlled area map

The guide uses a GPS powered map, that will give you an overview of the site. Also if you allow GPS tracking, the guide will show your position in the area.

Description of 40 buildings

40 of the historical buildings at Alhambra are described in detail in the guide. The descriptions of the buildings are given in text, pictures from present day, and pictures of the buildings as they used to look, and markings of the specific building on a map. The map also shows your position in the building.

The history of Alhambra

The guide provides a detailed description covering the entire known history span of the area, from when it was founded to present day.

Route planner

Using the route planner, you can put together your own personal version, of a guided tour through the site.

Suggested route

The guide also suggests a tour of “the highlights.” The highlights are Excavation Guides’ suggestions of what to see when visiting The Alhambra. However, we recommend that you plan your own guided tour by using the route planner which is available in the app.

Audio guide – Text to speech

By using TTS, short for “Text To Speech,” the guide will act as an audio guide and will read the texts out loud to you. The functionality uses the built in TTS voice, meaning that the size of the guide app to The Alhambra is kept low.

For more information about the guide

Please see the extensive description of the different functionalities available in the guide app for the Alhambra by checking out the descriptions “Guide description”.

The buildings

The following buildings are described in the guide for the Alhmabra

  • Puerta de las Granadas (Gate of Pomegranates)
  • Torres Bermejas (Red Towers)
  • Pilar de Carlos V (Charles v’s Pillar)
  • Puerta de la Justicia (Gate of the Cisterns)
  • Puerto del Vino (Wine Gate)
  • Plaza de los Aljibes (Square of the Cisterns)
  • Patio de Machuca
  • Mexuar (Formerly Audience chamber)
  • Patio de los Arrayanes (Court of Myrtles)
  • Sala de Embajadores (Hall of the Ambassadors)
  • Torre de Comares
  • Tocador de la Reina (Queen’s Dressing Room)
  • Sala de las Dos Hermanas (Hall of the Two Sisters)
  • Patio de los Leones (Court of Lions)
  • Sala de los Abencarrajes
  • Sala de los Reyes (Hall of Kings)
  • Palacio de Carlos V (Charles V’s Palace)
  • Baños (Baths)
  • Torre de las Damas (Ladies’ tower)
  • Torre de los Picos
  • Torre del Cadi (Judge’s Tower)
  • Parador de San Francisco
  • Torre de la Cautiva (Tower of the Captive)
  • Torre de las Infantas (Tower of the Infants)
  • Torre del Cabo de la Carrera (Tower at the End of the street)
  • Torre del Agua (The Water Tower)
  • Torre de los Siete Suelos (Tower of Seven Storeys)
  • Torre de los Abencerrajes
  • Torre de los Carros (Tower of the Carts)
  • Entrance to Generalife
  • Theatre
  • Jardines Nuevos (New Gardens)
  • Patio de la Acquia (Court of the Water Channel)
  • Patio de la Sultana (Court of the Sultana)
  • Jardines Altos (Upper Gardens)
  • Torre de la Pólvora (Powder Tower)
  • Jardines de los Adarves (Gardens of the Wall-Walk)
  • Torre del Homenaje (Tower of Homage)
  • Torre de las Armas (Tower of Arms)
  • Torre de la Vela (Watch Tower)

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