Museum in Palace of Charles V at Alhambra in Granada, Spain

You are back to the Palace of Charles V. This is the western façade. On the central pediment are angels representing peace. Above them are two medallions of Hercules on either side of Spain’s coat of arms. Inside is the Museum of Fine Arts of Granada. The art ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries. Many of the religious paintings were seized during the Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizábal. During Juan Álvarez Mendizábal short tenure as prime minister of Spain (1835 to 1837), he expelled monastic orders, seized their property then sold the spoils at auction to replenish the Spanish treasury. The Provincial Museum opened two years later to display some of the confiscated artwork. After several moves, Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada opened in the Palace of Charles V in 1958.

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Palacio de Carlos V, Calle Real de la Alhambra, 18009 Granada, Spain

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