Stables of the Tower of the Battlements
The Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife opens stables of the Tower of the Battlements to the public on March. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays, from 8:30 to 18:00 hours, to March 14, and from 8:30 to 20:00 hours, from March 15 to March 31, the tourists who access the monumental complex, will have the opportunity to know this space closed to the public visit due to conservation matters, presenting the general ticket.
The Tower of the Battlements had a defensive function over the Arrabal Gate, which is located at the base of the tower. Together with the Armas Gate of the Alcazaba, also located on the north flank of the Alhambra, it was one of the accesses that communicated the Alhambra with the city. The Arrabal Gate has a vaulted passage way which leads into the soldier’s quarters, bulwark and stables.
Passed this area we reach the Generalife, country house surrounded by vegetable and flower gardens, which was used as a retreat area for the royal family of the dynasty of the Nasrids for their leisure. On the left we see the vegetable gardens and on the right three different towers: the Cadí Tower or Candil, The Tower of the Captive, and the Infantas Tower.
In the section of the stables there is an outstanding element: a Nasrid Tower, which controlled the communication between the Alhambra and the Generalife in medieval times. This area is closed by the Iron Gate, built by order of the Catholic Monarchs. On the exterior, above the segmental arch way of the gate we find the symbols of the Catholic Monarchs: The Yoke and the Arrows.
Timetable: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays, from 8:30 to 18:00 hours, to March 14, and from 8:30 to 20:00 hours, from March 15 to March 31 2011.
Access: Show general entrance ticket to the Monumental Ensemble of the Alhambra
Forum: Maximum 25 people at one time.