Torre de la Rauda
Tower in Granada
The Torre de la Rauda or Rauda Tower is a tower located in the Alhambra Complex, in Granada, Spain.
It was thought during quite a long time that this was the place where the Kings of Granada were buried. However, the cemetery was found outside the palace, more to the south, so that the Rauda must have been its main entrance or the entrance to the original palace.
What does the Torre de la Rauda look like?
It has a single floor, square, without decoration and brick, with four horseshoe arches, on each side, which allow access. This was an interior tower and gave access to the Palace of the Lions. From the inside there are good views of its Gallon vaulted ceiling. The ceiling is made from the traditional red painted bricks with white markings
Where does the Torre de la Rauda get its name?
One of the words for a tomb in Arabic is rawda, a term which also means garden. It is thought that the tower was named due to its proximity to the royal cemetery, which is located behind the Patio de los Leones and it is separated from it by a moat. When the tombs were discovered at the end of the 19th century, they were empty. Boabdil had the remains of his ancestors moved to the foot of the Mondújar Castle.
The History of the Torre de la Rauda
The first remains of the tower to be found date from the same period as the Torre de las Armas or the Arms Tower. These remains were discovered in 1887, when a building that had been added to the Palacio de los Leones was demolished. It was then studied between 1925 and 1926.
Where is the Torre de la Rauda located?
It is located behind the Palacio de los Leones or Palace of the Lions, to which it connected through a door. it is also to the north of the Church of Santa Maria de la Alhambra and to the east of the Palacio de Carlos V.
You cannot enter the tower but you can view the exterior from the Jardines del Partal.
Visiting Torre de la Rauda
For opening times of the Torre de la Rauda see Alhambra Opening Times.
Access is normally restricted unless to building forms part of the Space of the Month program.
The Torre de la Rauda is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour.