Torre del Agua
Tower in Granada
The Torre del Agua or Water Tower is a defensive tower at the southeast end of the Alhambra complex in Grenada, Spain. The tower was positioned to protect the Al Saqilla al-Sultan or Acequia del Sután, Royal Ditch that distributed the water throughout the Alhambra. These waters came from the Darro river and through an infrastructure of swimming pools, cisterns and wells, they came to this area to supply water to the entire population of the Alhambra and nearby neighborhoods.
is so called because it is next to the aqueduct that takes water from the Generalife to the Alhambra.
What did the Torre del Agua look like?
The original tower was built over three floors, however due to its due to its military function it was built without decoration.
Where is the Torre del Agua located
It is the tower that is more to the east of all the fortification of the city of the Alhambra . Next to it there is an aqueduct that serves to supply water to the entire Alhambra. It establishes through a bridge that bridges the gap with the slope of the Chinese path that connects the Alhambra and the Generalife .
Destruction and restoration of the Torre del Agua
Of the original tower, only a few walls remain, because like the Tower of Cabo de la Carrera it was blown up in 1812 by the retreating French. The French planned to blow up the entire complex but José García , corporal who cut the lit fuses between the Torre de la Carrera and the Torre de las Infantas.
The tower remained a ruin until 1870 when the Alhambra was declared a national monument. During the 20th century, a reconstruction process was carried out, erecting its exterior walls.
Other names of Torre del Agua
The Torre del Agua has the following names: Torre del Agua, Water Tower.
Visiting Torre del Agua
For opening times of the Torre del Agua see Alhambra Opening Times.
The Torre del Agua is part of the Alhambra Complex and access it you need to purchase Alhambra Tickets or a Alhambra Guided Tour.