The House of the Royal Road
Opening time: from 8.30am to 6.00pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Access: with the General Admission ticket to the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra.
Capacity: 25 people.
Period: End of the 13th -14th centuries.
The Upper Royal Road (Calle Real Alta) was the main axis of the Medina, around which the residential area and the artisan workshops distributed. The road ran from the Gate of Wine to the area where today stands the Parador de San Francisco and the Palace of the Abencerrages. Among the buildings found in the Upper Royal Road noteworthy is this house, built by the end of the 13th and 14th centuries, as the decorative motifs reveal. On the NW corner a bath was added, used as entrance to both buildings, although probably the house had its own entry gate by the Royal Road.
The House distributes itself around a courtyard, with rooms on the four sides, and a central pond that allowed refreshing during the hot summer days and better illuminating the side rooms and also reflected the rich decoration of the portico on its waters. The main room of the house, next to the baths, possesses interesting plasterwork.