Torre de Mohamed
Tower in Granada
The Torre de Mohamed or Muhammad Tower is a defensive and military tower located on the north wall of the Alhambra Complex in Granada, Spain. It was built in the time of Mohammed II, who was the one who finished the Alcazaba. Its function was to control and protect the accesses to the palaces.
It is located north of the Patio de la Madraza de los Príncipes and had an enormous strategic value, since it controlled the passage of people who entered the Palaces.
Other names of the Torre de Mohamed
It has also been called Torre de Hontiveros , Torre de Carrichuela and Torre del Gallinas or Tower of the Chickens due to its function in modern times as a chicken coop.
What does the Torre de Mohamed look like?
It has a rectangular floor plan, with a door to the Plaza de la Madraza de los Príncipes and two others that allow access to the battlements. It has two floors, where there were several rooms for the guard, and a terrace finished with merlons and battlements.
Where is the Torre de Mohamed located?
It is located between the Torre del Cubo, under which is the Puerta de la Tahona (and where the people who accessed the Palaces through the Puerta de las Armas arrived) and the Tower of Machuca, next to the Patio of Machuca.
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Visiting Torre de Mohamed
Entrance to this building is usually restricted and cannot be visited during the ordinary visit of the Alhambra Complex.
Access is sometimes permitted with advance registration, through activities arranged by the Board of the Alhambra and the Generalife.
It may also be included in the “Space of the Month” programme, which allows the visit of certain spaces normally closed to preserve their conservation and that do not admit a high number of visitors.