During opening hours you can walk in here freely to see the magnificent old Muslim prayer hall with its beautifully decorated ... More
Palacio de la Madraza
During opening hours you can walk in here freely to see the magnificent old Muslim prayer hall with its beautifully decorated prayer niche, or mirhab. It has undergone so many architectural changes it's hard to believe it was once a Moorish-style university and school of Islamic studies founded by sultan Yusuf I in 1349. Famous graduates include the poet Ibn Zamrak. The original façade was made of marble and inscribed in Arabic with scientific and philisophical theories. The main mosque was next door, now the cathedral and the surrounding area was the market place, or Alcaicería . The Catholic Monarchs turned it into the Town Hall in 1500. Its now part of the university's literature faculty and also houses a Fine Arts Academy where there are occasional exhibitions. Admission: free
The most notable thing about this Sevillian house palace is that it is tiled with Roman mosaics brought from Itálica.
It has a central courtyard surrounded by columns, and three rooms containing a large number of valuable antiques. The ...
Climb the steps to the Torre de la Vela (Watchtower) for some magnificent views of the city and the fertile
plain beyond. This is the oldest part of the Alhambra complex, built on the highest point of the hill ...
You'll probably have seen pictures or postcards of the Patio de los Leones (Patio of the Lions). It's one of
the most common images of the Alhambra and forms the centerpiece of this palace. It's surrounded by four buildings ...