The Alhambra of Granada constitutes the most valuable testimony of Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula. Owing to its ornamental wealth and aesthetic refinement, this monument –declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984– is considered one of the great milestones of Islamic art and architecture.
The Alhambra was projected in the 13th century to accommodate the leaders of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, the last stronghold of Muslim power in the Iberian Peninsula. The successive occupants of the site continued to build new defensive elements, gardens and spaces for the Nasrid court, such as the Mexuar, the Court of the Lions, and the Court of the Myrtles. This way, the Alhambra of Granada converted into one of the greatest palatine cities in the world, as well the main symbol of the economic and cultural prosperity of the Nasrid kingdom during the Middle Ages.
From the late 15th century, the Alhambra was under the dominion of the Christian monarchs, who carried out different architectonic refurbishments which would serve to highlight the symbolic importance of the site, including the construction of the Palace of Charles V, planned by the grandson of the Catholic Kings, who wanted to establish his court in Granada.
The long drawn out history of the Alhambra of Granada is reflected by the variety of styles that exist in the different areas of the palatine city, a unique site that combines plain exteriors with exquisitely decorated interiors. Based on a complex iconographic language, the coffered ceilings, ceramic work and plasterwork that decorate the different rooms of the Nasrid palaces show the perfection reached by Islamic architecture, while the elements introduced during the Christian period include numerous details typical of the Renaissance style.
These books on the Alhambra show in detail the history of the Alhambra, analysing the context in which it was projected and the variety of artistic and architectonic influences that were incorporated over the centuries. Within their pages, the reader will be able to discover the secrets of each one of the corners of the palatine city, from the Alcazaba to the Fountain of the Lions, including the Gate of Justice or the Hall of the Abencerrages. The books on the Alhambra of Granada published by Dosde Publishing propose a new way of exploring this exceptional monument. Get a closer look at this icon of Islamic architecture.