Charles V's palace : Michelin's recommendations
In 1526, the Emperor Charles V had this palace built financed by a tax which weighed heavily on Moors. Pedro Machuca, an architect trained in Italy in the school of Michelangelo, was entrusted with its design which resulted in a work of pure classicism. The simplicity of the design, a circle inscribed in a square, and the harmony of the lines gives it an especially majestic beauty. The lower body of the facades has bossages while Ionic columns divide up the upper. On the main door, notice the medallions and the superb reliefs on the lower door depicting the triumph of peace and battles, while the coat of arms of Spain decorates the upper part. The vast circular courtyard (31 m in diameter) has two levels of galleries, punctuated by Doric columns on the ground floor and ionic columns on the first floor. It is one of the great successes of Renaissance architecture in Spain and is impressive both for its majestic appearance as well as for its classical sobriety. Also to be seen are the two museums in the palace: the Museum of the Alhambra and the Fine Art Museum.
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