The Royal Canal

It is the main conduit of a sophisticated hydraulic system that permanently supplies the city with water.

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Access to water is one of the major reasons for the Alhambra’s prosperity. Without it, the site would have long disappeared.  

Water was brought to this elevated point by an intelligent and sophisticated hydraulic system. Water was channelled from the Darro river and subsequently carried along the Royal Canal, the principal water line, and a network of lesser channels, to waterwheels and water deposits, thus facilitating the transformation of the fertile land to a lush and habitable garden.

It was this hydraulic system that opened the way for the building of palaces and permanent gardens, providing the site with visual and audio testimony of the constant presence of water, and contributing to the development of the bountiful and symbolic beauty of this palatine city with its flourishing existence.