Unlike many palaces, this exquisite affair is not pretentious, shouting at us, and telling us how powerful the inhabitants are, like the bombastic Palace of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, which was inserted within the Nasrid fortifications.
Instead it is elegant and intimate, each room different, and flowing on to the next, creating an irresistible urge to explore and discover. In the Mediterranean climate, there is little distinction between indoors and outdoors: the gardens and fountains and the sound of running water are central.
After the conquest by the Catholic monarachs in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was discovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, and the building began to be restored to its current impeccable condition.