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Towers and higher Alhambra

Rauda Tower

The Rauda tower started to be called like the gardens ("rawda") that surround the building of the royal cemetery, which is located behind the Patio of the Lions. The Tower is connected to the Palace of the Lions through a door.

Garden of the Partal

The Garden of the Partal covers all the area between the exit of the Rauda and the esplanade where the Ladies Tower stands.

Ladies Tower

The Ladies Tower is the most important building of those that belonged to the magnates who lived around the Royal Palace during the Arab period and its decoration is the oldest of the Alhambra. It has received many and different names, depending on who inhabited it, although since the late 18th century it was called the Ladies Tower. To the left of this tower are three small Arab houses that were built after the tower. Some paintings were found in one of these houses. They are of especial interest, as they are the only ones of that specific type within the Muslim period in Spain that have been preserved.

Tower of the Mihrab

The Tower of the Mihrab stands to the right of the Ladies Tower. Inside there is an oratory for the people who lived in the palace next to it.

Tower of the Points

The Tower of the Points received this name because its merlons end in brick pyramids.

Tower of the Judge

The Tower of the Judge used to be called the Prisoner's Tower and the Tower of the passing She-Fox.

Tower of the Captive

The Tower of the Captive was called Tower of the Woman Thief and Tower of the Sultana. The name of the tower was changed to Tower of the Captive because it was thought that Lady Isabel de Solís lived there. She converted to the Islam with the name of Zoraya and was Muley Hacén's favourite wife.

Tower of the Princesses

In the 16th century this tower was called Ruiz y Quintarnaya's Tower, for this was its inhabitant's name. Since the 17th century it has received this new name because of the legend by Washington Irving about the princesses Zaida, Zoraida and Zorahaida. The palace-tower is located on the eastern ramparts, between the Tower of the Captive and the Tower of the End of the Street.

Tower of the End of the Street

It is located between the Tower of the Princesses and the Water Tower. Only some remains of the tower are left, for it was destroyed by Napoleon's troops when they left Granada.

Water Tower

The Water Tower is so called because it is next to the aqueduct that takes water from the Generalife to the Alhambra. Only some remains of the tower are left, for it was destroyed by Napoleon's troops when they left Granada.

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