The Alhambra - Church of St Mary

The Church of St Mary is built upon the site where the royal mosque formerly stood © Michelle Chaplow
The Church of St Mary is built upon the site where the royal mosque formerly stood

by Lawrence Bohme

Church of St Mary

The Church of St Mary is built upon the site where the royal mosque formerly stood. The Monastery of St Francis, which is now a parador, was erected upon an Arab palace and has the additional merit and sentimental value of having housed the temporary sepulchre of the Catholic Monarchs - Ferdinand and Isabella, until their transfer to the "Capilla Real". Palace of Charles V The Palacio de Carlos V or "Casa Real Nueva" as it is better known, was commissioned by the Emperor in an endeavour to emulate the Palace of the defeated Muslims and also to provide for himself a habitable residence. Construction was started in 1527 under the direction of Pedro Machuca, who had studied with Michelangelo in Italy. The palace is built in the form of a square and comprised of two main parts: the first, in Tuscan style, and the second with Ionic pillars.

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Hotels within the Alhambra's grounds

Hotels within the Alhambra's grounds

Set in an unbeatable location within the grounds of the Alhambra Palace, the Hotel América successfully combines charming traditional décor with modern facilities, such as free Wi-Fi.

The Hotel América's comfortable, air-conditioned rooms are the perfect base from which to explore the city of Granada.


This itinerary was written for Andaluca.com by Lawrence Boheme author of “Granada, City of My Dreams”. For, what fascinates us about this universal city is not only its monuments but its marvellous story, “the encounter between Moor and Christian, gypsy and Jew, medieval and Renaissance, glistening snow and Mediterranean sun. Lawrence Bohme, poet, illustrator and curious traveller, has filled these pages with luminous descriptions and drawings, the culmination of forty years of wanderings through the palaces and labyrinths.

The Alhambra and the backdrop of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range

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