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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Granada: the Palaces of the Alhambra: Photo 36

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The palace of Charles V was egun in 1527 and located on the site of Nazrid palaces cleared for the purpose. The palace was paid for by taxes levied on moriscos, or Christianized Muslims.  (They had been given the choice of paying for it or receiving a visit from the Inquisition.)  The palace was designed by Pedro Machuca, who had trained with Michelangelo but had never built anything.  It was never used as a royal residence and was abandoned in 1631.  Never one to mince words, Ford calls it "a square incongruous abortion." David Watkin, a classicist, writes to the contrary that it was "inspired by Bramante" and, if completed, "would have been the finest high renaissance palazzo in Europe."

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