Charles V’s Pillar

Located beside the Gate of Justice, its structure symbolizes the three rivers of Granada.

For your interest

  • The Gate of the Pomegranates

    The Renaissance gate replaced a previous one that was Muslim. On its tympanum is an imperial coat of arms topped by three pomegranates after which the gate is named.

  • Gate of the Carriages

    The Gate of the Wagons is not originally from the Nasrid period, it was carried out later, between 1526 and 1536.

  • Washington Irving Monument

    This sculpture is dedicated to the figure of the famous New York writer Washington Irving (1783-1859) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death.

  • Gate of Bibarrambla

    This is popularly known as the gate of Bibrrambla, Bab al-Ramla in Arabic or gate of Arenal, (sand) names that it adopted according to the place where it was originally located.

  • Dar al-Arusa

    Also known as the Bride’s Palace or the Newlywed’s Palace.

  • The Moor’s Chair

    Also known as Santa Elena’s Castle, it was built to guard and protect an area of the Generalife where water is channelled.

  • The Crimson Towers

    The Crimson Towers, a primitive structure, was probably part of a series of watchtowers that at one time belonged to the first Citadel of the Alhambra

  • The Catalans’ Villa

    The Catalans’ Villa is located in the southeast, adjacent to the Alhambra Wood, also known as the Split Rock.

  • Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation

    he Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation was created in 1941, thanks to the benefaction of the painter Jose Maria Rodriguez-Acosta..

  • The Alhambra Wood

    On the other side of the Gate of the Pomegranates is the Alhambra wood, with a road and two side trails.

  • Generalife Meadow

    In addition to being a natural reserve and a rustic area, the park has sporting facilities, hiking paths and places of archaeological interest.

  • Cultural Association Links

    The Alhambra complex is a venue for the activities of a number of cultural associations.

Gallery Location

Adjacent to the Gate of Justice   is a circular artillery bastion from where a cut stone wall descends, in front of which a Grenadian Renaissance sculptural masterpiece of stone stands: The Charles V’s Pillar. It shows two tall figures and a tripartite composition of three different figureheads, interpreted by some as representing the rivers of Granada: the Darro, the Beiro, and the Genil; and by others as summer, spring and autumn, owing to the fact that the heads are crowned respectively with ears of grain, flowers and fruit. 

In the centre of the second figure is a modillion, with an inscription alluding to Emperor Charles V, flanked by two pilasters showing the Borgoña and Lorena coat of arms and Hercules’ columns. There is also a semicircular attic, on the tympanum of which is sculpted the imperial coat of arms.

The wall stretch supporting the pillar has four medallions sculpted with three mythological figures: Hercules killing the Lerna Hydra; the sisters of Frixo and Hele crossing the Hellespont astride a ram; Daphne pursued by Apollo; and Alexander Magno.