Patio del Descabalgamiento

Courtyard in Granada

Ref: PM 090983 E Granada; Generalife
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The Patio del Descabalgamiento or the Court of the Dismount is a small patio which is thought to be the original entrance to the of the Generalife in the Alhambra Complex, in Granada, Spain.

The courtyard also had the name of the Courtyard of the Stables It served as a stable and in the upper part there was a hay loft. There are horse drinking troughs in front of th next gate. To go to the second courtyard, the Courtyard of the Guard, you must cross this door with a brick arch in whose key we can see the hand and the key, symbols of the Nasrid dynasty. Inside the door we can see two benches for the guard. The entire courtyard was restored in 1922.

Where does the Patio del Descabalgamiento get its name?

The Patio del Descabalgamiento gets its name from the presence of footrests that facilitate horse riders in their dismount. Also on hand are two side buildings, which were probably used by stable hands. It was also called the Patio del Apeadero or Dismounting Yard for this reason and it was also called Patio de las Caballerizas which means Courtyard of the Riders.

Where is the Patio del Descabalgamiento located?

The Patio del Descabalgamiento is the first courtyard you enter after passing into the Palacio del Generalife. it is accessed through an arched gate, where today the Alhambra Board of Trustees staff controls the entrance to the interior of the Generalife Palace.

The next room you come to is the Patio de la Guardia .

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Visiting Patio del Descabalgamiento


For opening times of the Patio del Descabalgamiento in the  Generalife see Alhambra Opening Times.


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

Duration: 20 minutes

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