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Monuments and Museums
MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS OF GRANADA
The highlight of Granada, without a doubt is its large number of buildings, monuments, museums and places of interest, since the historical past floods every corner of the city.
So whether you come to do cultural tourism to Granada or not, it is highly recommended to visit at least some of the most emblematic places, to better understand the situation and to see the beauty and splendor of places such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Museum of the Alhambra , the Cathedral of Granada, the Royal Chapel and the Royal Chapel Museum, the Cartuja Monastery, the San Jerónimo Monastery, the Casa de Zafra, The Casa de los Tiros, La Casa del Chapiz, the San Juan de Dios Museum , the Sacromonte Museum, the García Lorca House Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Manuel de Falla Museum, the Archaeological Museum …
Here we list some of the Monuments and Museums of Granada of greatest importance and impact:
MAIN MONUMENTS OF GRANADA
Who visits Granada without visiting the Alhambra? Not only for its great beauty, this monument about to become a Wonder of the World, was the residence of Nasrid sultans and is made up of the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba, the Medina and the Generalife gardens.
In addition, within the Alhambra enclosure you can also find buildings from other eras, such as the Palace of Carlos V, from the Renaissance period.
If you want to visit the most important Monument in Granada, the Alhambra and the Generalife, we recommend buying your ticket in advance. But if you can’t find a ticket, you can always visit the open and free areas: the surroundings of the enclosure (the forest, the Carmen de los Mártires …), the Palacio de Carlos V, the different arches, the souvenir shops, the views towards the Albaicín …
The Alhambra is open to the public every day of the week, it even has night visits as well.
The Cathedral of Granada is located in the historic center, in the Plaza de las Pasiegas, and is considered the first Renaissance church in Spain. It began in 1505 by Enrique Egas, in the Gothic style, and was later modified by Diego de Siloé to the Renaissance style.
You can visit the Cathedral of Granada buying the ticket right there at the door, and then observe its grandeur from the front, in the Plaza de las Pasiegas, or from its sides.
Among its 15 Chapels and the Sacristy, the Main Chapel stands out, the largest and most important place in the temple.
It forms an annex to the Cathedral of Granada and is another of the great tourist attractions of the city, since in its interior it houses, in addition to the remains of royalty, very important works of sculpture, painting and goldsmithing.
The Capilla Real was founded as a funerary chapel by the Catholic Monarchs (Isabel I of Castile and Fernando II of Aragon) and their remains rest here. Also found here are the graves of her daughter, Juana la Loca and her husband Felipe el Hermoso.
The Capilla Real together with the Cathedral of Granada form the Royal Pantheon of the Spanish Asturias. In addition, within it is located the Capilla Real Museum, where, among other things, very valuable personal objects of the Catholic Monarchs are located.
Like the Cathedral of Granada, the Capilla Real was also started in 1505 by Enrique Egas, in the Gothic style.
Tickets to the Capilla Real of Granada can also be purchased at the same box office on Calle Oficios.
It is located on the Paseo de la Cartuja in Granada, far from the historic center and represents one of the peaks of Spanish Baroque architecture.
Its construction lasted from the 16th to the 19th century and construction began after the transfer of some land by the Great Captain, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba for the foundation of a convent of the Cartuja order.
It is currently considered an Asset of Cultural Interest and was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument.
Inside the monument, the Claustrillo stands out, the typical patio of orange trees, fountains and aromatic plants and surrounded by arches.
The Monastery of the Cartuja opens its doors to the visit every day of the week and you can buy the ticket at the same box office.
Monastery of San Jerónimo
This church and convent located in the center of Granada houses the remains of the Great Captain, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba.
It was founded by the Catholic Monarchs, moved from Santa Fe to Granada and began to build in 1504, with Arabic stone from the Puerta de Elvira, and was the work of El Florentino and Diego de Siloé.
The work has an impressive exterior and a convent with two landscaped cloisters, one Gothic and the other Protorenacentista.
The Monastery of San Jerónimo of Granada is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Monument.
These are Arab baths from the 11th century located in the Paseo de los Tristes (Carrera del Darro) and which are in good condition after the restoration of the architect Torres Balbás.
They are currently on the ground floor of a house and can be visited as a monument to understand what the bathroom culture was like at that time.
Bañuelo of Granada is open to the public every day of the week and is one of the monuments included in the Dobla de Oro tourist card, although it can be visited free of charge on Sundays.
Madrasa of Granada
Madraza of Granada is located in the heart of the city, on Calle Oficios, right in front of the Capilla Real and it is the first university in the city.
Although it was founded by Yusuf I in 1349, and therefore, its construction was Arabic, after its library burned, its construction became Baroque.
The Madrasa de Granda is also known as the “Old Town Hall”, because until 1841 the Town Hall was also located here. Today it belongs to the University of Granada and is the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
During the tourist visit to the Madrasa of Granada, you will be able to see, among other things, its oratory, its octagonal dome, the Hall of the Knights, the painting of the Virgen de la Rosa or a Mudejar coffered ceiling.
Located on the same Cuesta del Chapiz and at the end of the Paseo de los Tristes, Casa del Chapiz in Granada, is the most important Moorish house in the Albaicín.
These are two connected 16th-century houses, the House of Lorenzo el Chapiz and the House of Hernán López de Ferí, which make up the headquarters of the School of Arab Studies.
La Casa del Chapiz has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and is one of the monuments that can be visited with the Dobla de Oro tourist card.
La Casa del Chapiz in Granada is open to the public every day of the week for your visit.
Royal Room of Santo Domingo
The Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo is an old palace from the Almohad period that is located in the heart of Granada.
It is one of the few legacies that we have in the city of 13th century residential architecture and that today is located within a modern building surrounded by gardens.
This essential monument in Granada opens every day of the year except December 25 and January 1 and its entrance is free.
Corral del Carbón
A few meters from the Plaza Isabel la Católica de Granada, is the Corral del Carbón, the only Nasrid alhóndiga of the Iberian Peninsula preserved in its entirety.
And what is an alhóndiga? It is the building where grain was bought, sold and stored. This supplied to neighbors and farmers and its main function was to unify the supply and demand of horticultural products by conducting an auction of these.
Corral del Carbón in Granada was built in the 14th century by Yusuf I. Later, in the 16th century, the Christians adapted it for theatrical performances. And today it houses a library of the Andalusian legacy, offices, it is the headquarters of the famous International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada and in summer there are also concerts and performances.
Corral del Carbón of Granada is one of the main monuments of Granada, it is open every day of the week and admission is free.
On the road to Sacromonte and on the outskirts of the city is the Abadía del Sacromonte of Granada, an old abbey from the 17th century.
Today it shows the religious and cultural past of Granada and is the residence of canons, parish and ecclesiastical museum.
This monument is made up of the Abbey, the Holy Caves, the 17th century college and the seminary.
This place is famous because in 1595 the relics of San Cecilio, disciple of the Apostle Santiago, and the lead books were found.
From the Abbey there are beautiful views of the Alhambra, the Albaicín and Sierra Nevada and from here the pilgrimage that takes place in February in honor of San Cecilio, the patron saint of the city, starts from here.
Without a doubt it is one of the monuments of Granada that you cannot miss.
Main Museums of Granada
Here it is easy to enjoy art, culture and traditions at the hands of many museums full of history and curiosities.
Does the Archaeological Museum of Granada sound familiar to you? And the Manuel de Falla Museum? Or the García Lorca House Museum?
Here we list the most important museums in Granada.
It is the National Museum of Hispanic-Muslim Art and is located on the ground floor of the Palacio de Carlos V, within the Alhambra. It is also free to enter, making it an essential place when visiting the Alhambra.
It is distributed in 7 rooms and here is a rich collection of Nasrid art from excavations and restorations of the monument. Among all of them are the Vase of the Gazelles and the Pila de los Leones.
The Alhambra Museum in Granada is open every day of the week except Monday, which is closed and cultural activities are usually held there and the piece of the month is exhibited every month.
San Juan de Dios Museum
Casa de los Pisa or San Juan de Dios museum is located just at the beginning of the Paseo de los Tristes, in a little street called Convalescencia.
The building was built in the 15th century by the wealthy Pisa family shortly after the Reconquest of Granada in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs.
This family welcomed Saint John of God into their home to cure him of his illness and he died here on March 8, 1550.
The Museum of San Juan de Dios in Granada, has 12 rooms, 3 galleries, a patio and a chapel, and its purpose is to publicize the cultural heritage of the Hospitaller Order of San Juan de Dios.
The museum is open from Monday to Saturday.
Manuel de Falla Museum
The Manuel de Falla House Museum is located on the Paseo de los Mártires, within the Alhambra and in the upper part of it, so there are exquisite views of the city from here.
It is the house in which the painter took refuge for two decades and where he wrote such popular works as “El amor brujo” or “El retablo de Maese Pedro”.
On the tour of the picturesque house and its carmen, you can see his piano, record player, personal belongings, clothes and souvenirs just as the composer left it before fleeing exile to Argentina, as he died there in 1946 and no longer returned to Grenade.
Next to the house is the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, where his library is located.
The Manuel de Falla Museum in Granada is open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Archaeological and Ethnological Museum
The Archaeological and Ethnological Museum of Granada is located in the Casa Castril, on the famous Paseo de los Tristes. The Señorío Castril was ceded by the Catholic Monarchs to Hernando de Zafra, their secretary.
The Casa Castril was built in 1539 and has the structure of the Christian houses of the time and with a portal that protrudes from the facade and an upper floor from where there are very beautiful views of the Alhambra.
The Archaeological Museum was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest in the country. Admission is free and the museum has 7 rooms representing various archaeological periods, two floors and a patio.
Fine Arts Museum
The Granada Museum of Fine Arts was inaugurated in 1839, being the first museum in Spain to be opened to the public.
After several transfers, it is currently located in the Palacio de Carlos V and is the most important art gallery in the city and the oldest provincial art gallery in Spain.
Important collections of painting and sculpture from the 15th to the 20th century are exhibited here. Authors such as Alonso Cano, Machuca, Mariano Fortuny, Jose María López Mezquita and Jose María Rodriguez-Acosta stand out.
And some of the works that are located here are the sculpture of Santa María de la Alhambra, one of the oldest or the Triptych of the Great Captain.
In addition, within the museum there is a library specialized in Renaissance and Baroque painting and sculpture, in restoration and in museology.
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of Granada’s must-see museums and is open every day except Monday.
Casa de los Tiros Museum
Casa de los Tiros Museum in Granada is located in the Realejo neighborhood, on Calle Pavaneras, very close to the city center. It is a museum where artillery pieces are exhibited and where it is said that macabre events occurred.
The building was built in the 16th century and the façade is shaped like a fortress, since it was once part of a wall in the potters’ quarter.
The interior has 12 exhibition rooms, a hallway, a patio, an 18th century staircase, the main staircase, from the 16th century, a small rear garden and the Golden Square, the most emblematic room of the building.
The Casa de los Tiros Museum in Granada is open every day of the week except Monday and admission is free.
Sacromonte Caves Museum
This museum is located in the Barranco de los Negros. It is an ethnographic and environmental museum that aims to publicize the history, culture and environment of the Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada and its cave houses.
In total, there are 10 caves recreated as it was lived here 100 years ago, using baskets, ceramics, forge and loom elements, in addition to showing the link between this place and flamenco.
The route through the Museum of the Sacromonte Caves can be done with or without a guide, and depending on the number of people in the group, the price will be higher or lower, with an individual entry of € 5 per person.
Garcia Lorca House Museum
Familiarly it is known as Huerta de San Vicente and it is about what was a summer estate of the García Lorca family for 10 years and until the death of the poet, until 1936.
The uniqueness of the site, in addition to being located in the beautiful and central Parque Federico García Lorca, and being able to visit it as a museum, is that in this place, the poet wrote some popular works such as “Bodas de Sangre”, “Yerma” or ” Gypsy Ballads “or” The House of Bernalda Alba “.
In 1985, the little sister of the writer, Isabel García Lorca, turned the family home into a museum, passing it under the ownership of the Granada City Council, and in it you can visit the house as it was used at that time, with the poet’s desk , drawings, manuscripts, paintings, the baby grand piano, the gramophone, the rocking chairs and chairs …
Visits to the García Lorca House Museum are always carried out with a guide, from Tuesday to Sunday, it is closed on Mondays.
Other important places in Granada that you should also visit if you want to know more about the history and culture of the city, are the Casa de Zafra, the Palace of Dar al-Horra or the Arab House of Horno de Oro, all located in the neighborhood of Albaicín.
Finally, if you are going to visit several monuments and museums in Granada, we recommend you buy the tourist cards of the Dobla de Oro (general or night), the Andalusian Monuments or the Granada Card.