Alhambra – Partal Gardens: Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies)

Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies), a building with an open portico located in the Partal Gardens, Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies)

Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies)
Built sometime between 1302 and 1309 CE during the reign of Muhammed III, the Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies), which used to be called the Partal, is one of the oldest buildings in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain. Partal means portico in Arabic. It is now part of the Gardens of the Partal, which got its name because of this building.

It underwent many modifications and renovations over the years, but eventually, it fell into disrepair after long neglect. Fortunately, a major restoration in 1924 converted the ruins into a beautiful building you see now.

As you can see from the image, the Tower of the Ladies consists of a tower, a hall, and an open portico. Resting on the marble pillars of the portico are the five arches. Only the middle arch, which is higher than the other four, was a part of the original building.

Check the finely carved ceiling of the portico and the viewing windows located on the other side of the portico, which provide a panoramic view of the city of Granada.

A beautiful reflecting pool in front makes this building a must-see for the visitors.

Related Images
Ceiling of the portico of the Torre de las Damas
Viewing windows of the Torre de las Damas
Interior of the Oratory with mihrab

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