The images and aerial photographs further below present information about Albayzín. El Albayzín (also Albaicín or El Albaicín) is a district of present day Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain, that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra.

It rises on a hill facing the Alhambra and many tourists journey into the Albayzin primarily for the spectactular views of the Alhambra from the viewing point by the church of San Nicolas.

Highlights within the area include the remains of an Arab bath complex, Granada's archeological museum, and the church of San Salvador, built on the remains of a Moorish mosque. The Albayzin also contains some original Moorish houses and a wide range of restaurants, including several streets whose eateries are inspired by North Africa.

The oldest part of the medina dates to the 11th century, when the Zirids founded Granada as their new capital. Later constructions were added by the Almohads and the Nasrids.

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Gate of the Pomegranates (0.15 km)

Gate of the "Granadas" or Gate of the Pomegranates. (Spanish: Puerta de las Granadas) is an arch located in Granada, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1870.

Castril Palace (0.33 km)

The Castril palace (also House of Castril) is a Renaissance style palace located in the Spanish city of Granada. Nowadays it hosts the Archaeological Museum of Granada. The house is nailed in the Race of the Darro, in the old Arab district of Ajsaris, seat of 16th century's granadine nobility. The palace is one of the best Renaissance palaces of Granada and belonged to the family of Hernando de Zafra, secretary of Catholic monarchs who participated actively in reconquering it from the Muslim hands during the Reconquista. At the top of the facade the date of its foundation is recorded: 1539.

Madrasah of Granada (0.35 km)

The Madrasah of Granada (also Yusufiyya, Casa de la Ciencia, Palacio de la Madraza) was a Madrasah or mosque school in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was founded in 1349 by the Nasrid monarch Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. The building is currently part of the University of Granada and is the seat of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias ("Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Our Lady of Sorrows"). It is located on the street now known as Calle Oficios.

1066 Granada massacre (0.4 km)

The 1066 Granada massacre took place on 30 December 1066 (9 Tevet 4827) when a Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, which was at that time in Muslim-ruled al-Andalus, assassinated the Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacred many of the Jewish population of the city.

Granada Cathedral (0.41 km)

Granada Cathedral (Cathedral of the Incarnation) is the cathedral in the city of Granada, capital of the province of the same name in the Autonomous Region of Andalusia, Spain.

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Archaeological Museum of Granada

The Archaeological Museum of Granada is an archaeological museum in the Albayzín district, Granada, Spain. The museum is located at 41, Carrera del Darro in the Castril palace from the 16th century. It hosts many artefacts from the many different civilizations that settled in Granada including the Carthaginians, the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Arabs. It includes a beautiful Renaissance patio. Its façade dates from 1593.
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