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The Water tower

Its purpose is different from the rest of the towers of the Alhambra, as besides it begins the entrance of the sultan’s irrigation channel to the walled recint

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The denomination arises from its location next to the aqueduct taking water to the Alhambra from the Generalife, channelled from the River Darro. It is one of the largest sized towers in the Alhambra, situated in the south-western angle of the wall near the present main entrance into the precincts. Because of the artillery bombarding from Napoleon’s army it was totally destroyed, except for the solid foundations. A process of reconstruction, elevating the exterior walls, was carried out during the 20th century. The original tower had three stories without any decoration, due to being a military building, located in an essential place for the palatine city, next to the "Al Saqilla al-Sultan" the sultan’s irrigation channel and principal artery of the Alhambra, the seed of all life on Sabika’s hill.


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