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The Medina - Alhambra of Granada

La Medina

The citadel had several public baths, ovens, workshops, silos and cisterns and, of course, the houses of top government officials, employees and court servants.

As a result of the war of Independence, the buildings were left in ruins and part of the rampart and its towers had to be reconstructed almost completely.

Visitors can see the foundations of the constructions, as well as the rampart from inside, with the parapet walks, battlements and merlons and a great view of the Generalife from the eastern part.

When you come out of the Nasrid Palaces, you enter the *Partal Gardens, with the famous Torre de las Damas [Tower of the Ladies] and the enormous pond that was guarded until very recently by two majestic stone lions, which are today found in the Alhambra Museum.

In this area, near the pond, are the remains of the Palace of Yusuf III, which clearly wished to evoke its predecessor, the Comares Palace, and which was the residence of the governor of the Alhambra, the Marquis of Mondéjar.

A little further up is the San Francisco Parador, previously the monastery of the order and before that an Arab palace in the age of Yusuf V, free-standing, like the previous palace of Yusuf III.

On the way to the Generalife we pass by very interesting towers and a water system.

Information for the visit of the Medina

La Medina de la Alhambra

Very difficult route for the physically disabled, except the stretch marked in "blue", known as Secano, which can be accessed from the ticket offices or from the Alhambra.

* These premises can only be accessed as you come out of the Nasrid Palaces

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