PALACE DE CARLOS: THE HOUSE OF TRUE SPANISH ART


The Palace de Carlos V is a true home for Spanish art in Granada. Many Spanish renaissance art pieces sit in the magnificent infrastructure of the Plateresque style building. The name “Palace de Carlos V” literally translates to the Palace of Charles the fifth. Charles V was a Spanish monarch who desired to l be near the Alhambra Palace. The Alhambra Palace is an ancient Islamic fortress that was built during the Andalusian Moorish period of Granada. The Palace is a symbol of the Moors residence in Granada. The fortress dates to the 9th century. The Palace was and still is greatly esteemed among many.

Who really was Charles V though?

Charles was the grandson of Isabel and Ferdinand. Isabel and Ferdinand were Spanish monarchs who expelled the Moors’ from the heights and lengths of Spain. From Lleida to Granada they were on a mission to reclaim Spain as their own again. The pair were also the masterminds behind the Inquisition. The Inquisition was the time when Spanish explorers including Italian Christopher Columbus whom they financed and commissioned embarked on voyages afar in search of “rivers of gold”, slaves and expensive goods.

The daughter of Isabel and Ferdinand, Juana married prince of Hapsburg prince Phillip. They then had their baby boy Charles born unto them in 1500. Unfortunately, prince Phillip died, and this sent his wife into a state of delirium resulting in her being locked away for the rest of her life. The young Charles was brought up my grandparents until he returned to Spain when he took the crown. He got married to his cousin, Isabel of Portugal, took her on a lavish honeymoon to Granada where he fell in love with the region and embarked on the building of his grand property.

Charles V assigned architect Pedro Machuca to the design and overseeing of the grand palace he desired for himself. The Palace was never completed having no roof until the 20th century. The palace is 17-metre’s high and covers 63 square meters. Inside the palace there a circular patio. The palace has two floors, the lower floor is in the Tuscan order, the upper story is the Ionic order,

The entire facade consists of stone derived from the Sierra Elvira. The Sierra Elvira is Sierra Elvira is a mountain range in La Vega which is a province of Granada.

Now the Palace is a grand museum houses both contemporary and ancient pieces of art however the Andalusian authorities are pushing to include more modern artwork in the museum also. Some of the older art pieces in the museum include the 15th Century statue of Saint Mary of La Alhambra. This statue was created by the sculptor Roberto Alemán. Many other famous artists in the collection at the museum include Alonso Cano, José de Mora and Pedro de Mena. It is amazing to know that such beautiful art pieces are located within a structure of such great history and heritage.