Prior to 1492, there were over 30 mosques in the Albaicín Quarter. By the end of the 16th century, most had been destroyed or converted into churches. So imagine the excitement when the first Muslim place of worship was built in the neighborhood in over 500 years. The Great Mosque of Granada opened in 2003. Outside of the Mezquita Mayor de Granada are a lovely garden, fountain and viewing platform of the Darro river valley. The new mosque is next to San Nicolás Church.