The Festival of Music and Dance of Granada in 1952 provided an impetus to the building of a theatre in the historical-artistic monuments complex.
The Lower Gardens connect with the Generalife Theatre (Teatro del Generalife).
The door has a fairly rich display of craftwork. The entrance to the palace is preceded by the sight of the markings of the traditional symbols of the hand and the key in the arch.
Also known as the Court of the Estuary, it is a long and narrow court.
It is so called because the legendary romantic scenes in the novels written by Genés Pérez de Hita are believed to have been set here.
It is a small stairway that is protected by vaulting laurel trees, designed in a way that would suit the needs of a medieval sultan.
The low-lying windows are a characteristic of Nasrid architecture.
The Generalife High Gardens resemble more the traditional Andalusian house and walled garden in Granada at the time than they do a Muslim farmstead.
The Promenade of the Oleanders is connected to the Promenade of the Cypress Trees.
The construction of the Alhambra was linked to the need to develop an effective hydraulic system.
Following the Promenade of the Oleander, the Promenade of the Cypress Trees takes the visitor to the place of exit.
The Festival of Music and Dance of Granada in 1952 prompted the building of a theatre in the historical-artistic monuments complex.
It was decided to extend the Generalife Gardens southward in order to build a large, outdoor theatre, which was inaugurated in 1954 as a ballet centre.
Although the theatre and the adjacent gardens pertain to the same project and building operation, they refer to different historical modes:
In the 1960s and 1970s, renovations were undertaken to adapt the theatre to the increasingly more intense and demanding requirements of both the Festival and its audiences, without, though, actually reaching expectations.
In the mid-1980s, coinciding with the elaboration of special plan for the Alhambra, the obvious deficiencies of the theatre and its questionable configuration were taken into consideration. The plan covered the initiation of “construction work leading to the modernization of the open air auditorium of the Generalife,” the use of which was to be broader, and more innovative, in ways that were not, however, specified.
Since the 1990s the theatre has been used, though without the necessary improvements needed for the increasingly more complex productions being staged, for which the installations prove to be inadequate.
Recently the theatre has undergone a process of restoration, and its installations brought up to date to meet production requirements, and the acoustics have also been improved.
Audiences have benefited as a result. At present, improved visibility and sound quality have sparked an increase in public attendance.