Built in 1527, the palace was intended to be a symbol of power and grandeur for its patron, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Located within the grounds of the Alhambra fortress complex, it stands as one of Spain’s most iconic monuments.
The structure itself is impressive; built entirely out of granite and marble, it features a square plan with four towers at each corner and two large courtyards surrounded by arcades. The interior is just as stunning, featuring intricate stucco work on walls decorated with Flemish tapestries and frescoes depicting mythological scenes from classical antiquity.
Charles V had originally planned for his palace to be used as a place to receive foreign dignitaries, but he never actually lived there himself due to his frequent absences from Granada during his reign. Instead, it became home to various members of the royal family, including Philip II, who made use of its many rooms for receptions and banquets. In addition to this role as a residence for Spanish monarchs over the centuries, it also served as an important cultural centre where scholars could gather together to discuss literature or philosophy while admiring some of Europe’s finest artworks which were stored here until they were moved elsewhere in 1704 following a fire that destroyed much of the building’s original decoration.
Today, visitors can still explore this magnificent monument, which remains largely unchanged since its construction over 500 years ago.