Madrasa Palace (Granada)

Madrasa Palace (Granada)


The Madrasa Palace, also called the House of Science, is an important building that served as the headquarters of the first public university in Andalusian Spain, founded in 1349 by Yusuf I of Granada. It is the only one that is still preserved.

The palace is located on Oficios street, one of the most privileged areas of Granada during the Nasrid kingdom. Medicine, law and mathematics were taught there.

The original architectural design of the Madrasa was stunning. It originally had a colossal white marble doorway that is currently preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Granada, as well as an enormous variety of beautiful ornaments characteristic of the reign of Yusuf I.

The plan of the Madrasa presents a design that includes a pool in its centre and a 14th-century oratory room. Among the treasures that can be seen inside the Madrasa, a spectacular original Mudejar armour from the 16th century stands out. It adorns a room that once served the city councillors after the reconquest.

After an intense restoration carried out between 2006 and 2007, the Madrasa recovered much of its past splendour through the incorporation of new areas discovered during archaeological excavations.

Currently, the imposing Madrasa has rooms for seminars, traveling exhibitions, book presentations, workshops, conferences and cultural events. Starting in 2011, the entire architectural complex opened its doors to the public as an integral part of the University of Granada and as the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Our Lady of Anguishes.
   
 
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