On some of the previous constructions, adding and modifying structures, Yusuf I became the first great builder of the Alhambra. Although he would not see it completed, he built the Palacio de Comares, as well as the large Puertas de la Justicia and Siete Suelos, along with many other constructions and decorations of the Alhambra.
In the first half of the 14th century, the Mosque, the Rauda, the Madraza and the Palacios de San Francisco and Abencerrajes were added.
In the second half of the 14th century, a great modification was made to the internal structure of the Alhambra. Coinciding with the second mandate of Muhamnad V, in the most prolific period for the Nasrids, he decorated and redecorated the majority of the spaces that we see today.
His great construction, the Palacio de los Leones, breaks away from the usual architectural layout, bringing new aesthetic and formal concepts which were also reflected in the administration of the State and the matters of the Court.
The final and most radical transformation of the Alhambra occurred after the conquest. New concepts imposed new uses with significant modifications to buildings and urban elements.
The main modification is certainly the Palacio de Carlos V which, although never having been finished, added a new volume to the buildings of the Alhambra, inserting itself, like its predecessors, as another space.
In the 16th century, the outer wall was added to the east of the Alcazaba with the circular Cubo tower, and the large Tendilla cistern at its base. In the 17th century, the Jardín de los Adarves was created between the southern walls.
The Patios of Lindaraja and La Reja, the Church of Santa María, the Convent of San Francisco, and the Pillar of Carlos V, are some of the contributions to the Alhambra, contributing to creating its rich cultural stratification.