The oldest part of the Alhambra has stood on a hill looking out over the city for centuries
The Alcazaba of the Alhambra, or citadel, along with the towers known as the Torres Bermejas, is the oldest part of the complex of monuments, and served to watch over and control the city. It dates back to the 9th century. Furthermore, it was here that the king located the residences of his elite forces.
It not only served as a defence against enemies, but also to quell internal revolts. This defensive wall meant that, even once the city had fallen, the citadel resisted for a long period of time.
Within this area you will find the towers known as the Torre de la Quebrada (tower of the ravine), Torre del Homenaje (the keep) and the famous Torre de la Vela (tower of the veil).
Visit the Alcazaba and the entire complex of the Alhambra of Granada with the GRANADA CARD.
Photo by Javier Sánchez