A colossal building designed to be the residence of emperors
In 1526, Charles V —king of Spain and emperor of Alemania— visited Spain during his honeymoon. When he came, he was so amazed that he chose Granada as his future royal residence. Nevertheless, to make it happen, he needed to build a palace, and so he did: he ordered the construction of a new palace in the Alhambra.
The architect in charge of that project was Pedro Machuca, who —based on the prevaling Italian Renaissance art style— chose the mannerist style to build this magnificent construction.
One of its most charecteristic features is its coutyard, because it changed the visual arrangement of the entire Arab structure due to its shape. This palace has a round shape in its inner space, whereas its external walls are square-shaped.
Nowadays, the Palace of Charles V houses two museums: Fine Arts Museum —free admission with your Granada Card tourist pass— and the Museum of the Alhambra.