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Alcázar Genil, Granada

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Aixa, mother of Boabdil, who was the last sultan of Granada, owned and lived in this palace on the banks of the river Genil. When her son capitulated to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, she sold it to Isabel and Fernando before leaving for exile in the mountainous Alpujarras area to the south. The palace and gardens were built during the rule of Sultan Yusuf I and feature a tower with sumptuously decorated rooms. The walls are covered with Arabic inscriptions describing the Muslim world and the rooms are lit with the aid of numerous arch-shaped windows. The finely carved wooden ceiling is in the shape of a five-pointed star. Next door you'll see the reservoir that was used by Aixa's children to play games of naval strategy.