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Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces

An Evening visit to the Nasrid Palaces

With the admission ticket for this type of evening visit you can get to know the Nasrid Palaces under special illumination conditions.

The visit commences at the Alhambra Atrium, and continues with the Nasrid Palaces were you can visit the following areas: Mexuar, Palace of Comares and Palace of the Lions.

It includes:

01 – Atrium

02 – Nasrid Palaces (Alcazar) – La Dar al-Mamlaka

This is the most famous and visited area of the Monumental Ensemble, composed of the following palaces: Mexuar, Palace of Comares and Palace of the Lions.

Mexuar

There you can visit the Hall, the Oratory and the Court of the Mexuar.

Palace of Comares. Court of the Myrtles

This palace is were the Nasrid sultans established the throne room and the residence of the Sultan and his family.  It was built during the Yusuf I period, and his son Muhamma V completed its splendid decoration. It is accessed through two doors located in the Court of the Golden Room.

It separated the public area of the Palace from the private part. The right door led to family and service quarters. The door on the left leads to the Patio of Comares with a pond, which in every Hispanic-Moorish domestic construction constitutes the centre of family life, around which the rooms are distributed.

Antechamber to the most important space of the Palace of Comares, its name may have come from the cylindrical shape of the dome, like an inverted boat hull, or from the Arab term al-baraka, repeatedly inscribed on the stucco of the walls.

The Hall of Comares is located inside the tower and constitutes the largest room of the Nasrid Alhambra.

Palace of the Lions

During the second mandate of Muhammad V, in the second half of the fourteenth century, a major modification of the internal structure of the Alhambra is carried out. It is the most fecund nasrid period, when most of the spaces we visit today are decorated and redecorated.

The Palace of the Lions, brings new aesthetic concepts that break with the usual architectural scheme and that will also be reflected in the administration of the State.

It is structured around two dwelling nuclei and two ambivalent areas. From the latter, the first one seen was the Hall of the Muqarnas, which was used as a hall or vestibule owing to its proximity to the main entrance of the Palace.

The residential area of the Palace of the Lions, located to the South, develop around the Hall of the Abencerrages. Noteworthy is the eight-point stalactite star of the Muqarna cupola that spreads out into eight trunk-like stalactites, also Muqarna.

The Hall of the Kings is the most representative space of the Palace of the Lions. It was an area used for relaxation and leisure, structured around a large vestibular hall,  that was reserved for receptions and celebrations. Likewise, this space is divided into three square-shaped spaces with the porticos and the alcoves in the centre. These spaces are perpendicularly segmented by large double stalactite arches.

The Hall of the Two Sisters is the second residence of the Palace of the Lions, is structurally similar to the Hall of the Abencerrages. The name is derived from the setting where two large marble flagstones lie with a small fountain in between from which water flows along a canal to the Court of the Lions.

You enter the Ajimeces Gallery  through a large archway opening in the wall. The upper part of the gallery wall is decorated with polychromatic stucco, while the lower part is bare. The name of gallery recalls the locks, fixed to the large side supports that the window pairs originally had.

the Court of the Lindaraja appears behind a Muqarnas arch, culmintating the upper part of the premise by a fake cover with crystals of differet colours.

Approximate time of the visit 1 hour

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The visit includes:

01 – Atrium of the Alhambra
Plaza de la Alhambra

02 – Nasrid Palaces

The Mexuar

Palace of Comares

Palace of the Lions

(*) MINORS MUST HAVE THEIR CORRESPONDING TICKETS TO ACCESS THE SPACES.
If you are going to make your visit with children under 12 years of age, you should know that they need their corresponding free child ticket, which CANNOT BE PROVIDED at the ticket office, except for babies under 2 years of age.
As established in Art. 2.3 “Cases out of capacity control” of the Resolution of September 26th, 2016, of the Board of the Alhambra and Generalife, about the rules of visit, commercialization and other public uses of the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and Generalife and their assigned assets.

This channel is for private tourism and therefore is directed exclusively for the sale of tickets to individuals, in accordance with section 4.3 B) of the Resolution of September 26th, 2016, of the Board of the Alhambra and Generalife, for which the rules of visit, commercialization and other public uses of the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife and its attached assets are.
The Board of the Alhambra and Generalife reserves the right to VOID those tickets that have been acquired for a purpose other than the channel for which they are intended.

  • Booking and purchase of tickets are done online in the system of management and sales of tickets of the Council of the Alhambra, by telephone or on TVRs.
  • These tickets can be purchased through “print at home”, on the TVRs or at ticket office. This last procedure can cause an unnecessary wait.
  • If your ticket have been purchased through “print at home” you should consider:
    • That all visitors must carry their ticket, printed on A4 paper, obverse and reverse and keep it until the end of the visit.
    • The print must be of good quality. Partially printed, stained, damaged or illegible tickets will not be accepted.
      IF NOT, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED NULL.
    • To check the good quality of the print, make sure the information written on the ticket, as well as the QR code are legible.
  • Each visitor independent of his age, must carry his own ticket, which may be issued individually and he is obliged to keep it until the exit of the monument visited, he must present it, with a personal identification document issued by the Ministry of the Interior or homologous organization of his country, at the request of any employee, either his own personnel or the security services, as well as the State Security Forces and Bodies, in this case.
  • If the holder of the ticket is different from the person who is to carry out the visit, it must include the name and surname of the visitor in the “ticket” before printing.

IN THE EVENT OF NOT OBSERVING SOME OF THE RULES SPECIFIED ABOVE THE TICKET WILL BE CONSIDERED NULL.

  • Please note that this ticket is valid for the same day of the visit to the Alhambra.
  • Children under 12 have free admission but it must be reserved at the time of purchase and managed with the rest of the adult tickets.

IMPORTANT: the date and the time of access to the Nasrid Palaces, is expressly written on the ticket. The visit to these spaces must be done within the specific time slot indicated on the admission ticket.

The Council of the Alhambra and Generalife will limit to ten the number of tickets that a private individual can acquire in a month, in order to make a better distribution of unorganized individual tourism tickets.

Did you know?

The Night Visit to the Nasrid Palaces does not includes the admission to the Generalife, since there is a specific nocturnal visit to get to know this illuminated area and it has the same visit hours.

Access to the Nasrid Palaces must be done at the times indicated on the ticket.

Access to the Palace of Carlos V is free.

  • Visiting hours
    • 15 October – 31 March
      Fridays and Saturdays: 20.00 h. – 21.30 h
    • 1 April – 14 October
      Tuesdays to Saturdays: 22.00 h. – 23.30 h.
    • With the exception of the 25 of December and 1 of January 
  • Opening hours of ticket office
    • 15 October – 31 March:
      19.00 h. – 20.45 h. Fridays and Saturdays
    • 1 April – 14 October:
      21. 00 h. – 22.45 h. Tuesdays to Saturdays
    • With the exception of the 25 of December and 1 of January

Discounts (*)
The following groups are entitled to a reduction in the ticket prices:

  • European Youth Card holders.

Gratuity (*)

  • Children under 12
  • ICOMOS members
  • ICOM members

(*) The beneficiaries of gratuitousness or reduction in the price of the ticket must present at the box office the official, valid and updated proofs of belonging to the collective object of gratuity or reduction (retirees, holders of the young card, people with disabilities …) on the days of the collection of the ticket and the day of the visit.
Otherwise, you must pay the full price corresponding to your ticket type.