Why was the Alhambra palace given this name ?



The Alhambra Palace gets its name from the Arabic word 'Al Hamra', meaning ' The red', which is a reference to the color of its outer walls. It was built by the Moorish monarchs of Granada, in southern Spain.
The palace stands out as one of the most famous examples of Moorish architecture.

After the conquest of the city in 1492, alterations were made to the buildings within the Alhambra. In particular, Charles V rebuilt portions of the complex, and destroyed the greater part of the winter palace. Moorish art was defaced,l and some of the towers were blown up.


In course of time, the complex fell into disrepair. It was even used as soldiers barracks during Napoleonic times.

For several  centuries, the Alhambra Palace lay abandoned, until it was declared a national monument in 1870.

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