Pabellón Norte del Palacio del Generalife

Historic Building in Granada

Patio De La Acequia In Generalife, Granada, Spain 9
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The Pabellón Norte del Palacio del Generalife or the North Pavilion of the Generalife Palace is  a pavilion within the Generalife in the Alhambra Complex, in Granada, Spain.

The Pavilion, is painted white and has two floors, and includes the Ismail Tower and the Royal Chamber. The side facing the Patio de la Acequia has a portico with five arches, which leads to the interior entrance with three decorated  arches that rest on columns with capitals of mocarabes.

There was a fire in the Generalife in 1958 which meant the one end of the Acequia court needed to be rebuilt. The architectural fabric of the north pavilion was stripped of its modern additions which revealed the Islamic architecture underneath.

Sala Regia

The Sala Regia or Royal Chamber is noted for its plaster-work, niches and lovely stalactite capitals. The often repeated interior layout includes bedchambers framed by arches. Of particular note is the stalactite outset cornice supporting the ceiling. The Sala Regia has three archways on its northern wall, two are windows with views over the valley, the third is an entrance to the Torre de Ismail.

Torre de Ismail

Torre de Ismail or Tower of Ismail  was built by Ismail I (1314-1325) to commemorate victory in the Battle of the Vega in 1319. The Tower of Ismail offers great views of the gardens and of the valley of the river Darro. It has three bay windows on each of its sides, and above these four small windows covered by openwork lattices. Its roof is covered by a wooden frame.

Upper floors of the North Pavilion of Generalife

The northern pavilion was lower than the south, as it was only formed by the portico that lead to a hall and a tower at the back, but in 1494 two floors and other constructions were added to it by the Catholic Monarchs. The upper floor of the North Pavilion cannot be visited.

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Visiting Pabellón Norte del Palacio del Generalife


For opening times of the Pabellón Norte del Palacio del Generalife see Alhambra Opening Times.


The Pabellón Norte del Palacio del Generalife is part of the Generalife of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour.

Duration: 10 minutes

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