But if you cross from the open area to the lovely Puerta del Vino (Gate of Wine), you will find the spectacular mass of the Charles V Palace; this is singularly beautiful building tat boasts a great round patio inside the square building, something that has no precedent in the architecture of the Renaissance, but is location, however, is not correct, having stolen a part of the Alhambra Palaces. Do see it, nevertheless, and, if you can, enjoy a concert in the great patio.
Walking rount it, we enter the three Palaces: Meswar, where the hghest bureauocrats of the Kingdom carried out their work; Comares, also called the Serraglio, and the Palace of the Lions, also called The Harem.
In the first Palace we must not miss the Oratory with beautiful views of the Albayin (you can also see our apartments from any of the balconies in the halls we are about to visit) and from where we pass into the Golden Room, in whose patio we will see the monumental façade of the Comares Palace, a supreme manifestation of the Nazari art.
While we are still amazed by such much magnificent things, we turn a corner and come upon the beautiful Courtyard of the Myrtles, on one of whose sides, near an almost silent fountain, you may admire the huge Comares Tower, where you will find the so-called Comares Hall, Throne Room, or Hall of Embassadors, the noblest and most beautful hall in the Alhambra, where the Sultan sat in Court, an whose extremely high ceiling is a masterwork of Nazari carpentry, representing the seven Heavens of Muslim Paradise.
But wait! We still have to enjoy the Palace of the Lions. We almost run into its courtyard, one of the most appealing ad gorgeous in the Alhambra, surrounded by 124 lovely marble columns and two small temples from where you may gaze upon the fountain, borne by 12 lions, which gives the courtyard and palace their name. It is surrounded by four halls: the Hall of the Mocarabes; of the Kings; of the Two Sisters and of the Abencerrajes, this last one the subject of a tragic legend.