Wine Gate East Façade at Alhambra in Granada, Spain

As mentioned earlier, Alhambra is a blend of historic architecture from the Nasrid dynasty and the 16th century Spanish Empire. So far you have seen some of the highlights of the latter. The Wine Gate is your entrance into the ancient sections of Alhambra. The tower was built during the rule of Muhammed III in the first decade of the 14th century. Based on the color of its brickwork adorned by Islamic tilework, it is not surprising to learn this horseshoe arch was originally named Bib al-hamra. This means Red Gate. Notice the shield above the single marble column. This is the coat of arms for the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Next to it is the inscription, “Only God is the victor.” The dateline for decorating this eastern façade is after 1367.

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Plaza Algibes Alhambra, 2T, 18009 Granada, Spain

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