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Part of the Alhambra complex, the Palacio de Carlos V divides opinion strongly. To build it, Carlos had part of the exquisite Moorish Palacios Nazaries demolished - thankfully not too much - and produced this heavy Renaissance building. I don't think it's flattered by the next-door intricate delicacies of the Nasrid palaces, but has its own striking features. It's massive, impressive, but definitely grandiose rather than subtle. Most of the building is taken up by the circular central courtyard, and this staircase's curve is a result of being built around this.
As is quite often the case, I used my wife to give human presence and a sense of scale. Although the Alhambra complex is one of the most-visited sites in Europe, we were lucky to be there early in the morning, out of season, when the press of visitors was significantly diminished. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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