Historical sources of Granada: another way to see the city

The historical sources of Granada show the importance that water has had for this Andalusian city along the centuries. We propose a small tour to know some of the most representative. Can you come with us?

Granada and its cult of water

Generalife Gardens

The passage of several civilizations through the city was always linked to the water supply of the population and the orchards. But since Islamic times it is famous for its fountains, rivers and ditches. Not in vain, The best example of good use of water is found in the Alhambra and the Generalife, its best known monuments.

Granada has hundreds of historic ditches, two rivers cross it and Sierra Nevada supplies its aquifers. In addition, its water has been the protagonist of thousands of poems:

Through the water of Granada, only sighs row.

-Federico García Lorca-

So, and how could it be otherwise, Granada was filled since the Renaissance with historical sources of extraordinary beauty. They are fountains made with the best marble in the area, that of Sierra Elvira, and from whose pipes the water falls with musical harmony.

Historical sources of Granada: the source of the Pomegranates

Pomegranate Fountain - Wikimedia Commons

Our tour begins on the Paseo del Salón, at the starting point of the historic city. This source was a gift from the Emasagra company to the city of Granada in 2007. It stands out for its dimensions and its material, bronze reinforced with steel.

It has four cups and 100 water dispensers. Its decoration is dedicated Granada And to your water. Thus, the four figures that adorn it are allegories of Sierra Nevada, La Vega, the Darro River and the Genil River. In addition, they impress the huge grenades that sit on the third cup.

If we continue for the Race of the Virgin, we can reach two other historical sources of Granada: the one of the Battles and the one of the place of the Campillo. The latter is made in white marble and with a decoration that has nothing to envy to that of Italian fountains.

The source of the Gigantones

Gigantones Fountain

In the Plaza Bib-Rambla we find the beautiful fountain of the Gigantones. In its origin, this fountain was in the disappeared convent of San Agustín, today central market and tapas area.

It is a majestic 17th century fountain, which acquires its name due to the beautiful atlantes that hold one of the cups. It is built in gray marble from Sierra Elvira and consists of cup-base and two upper cups.

Its fabulous figures of masks, monsters and mythological beings make it an official stop if you visit the center of Granada. In addition, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful squares in the city and nearby you will find the cathedral and the Alcaicería.

The New Square

Fountain of the Plaza Nueva - Carlos Solana - Flickr.com

Near Plaza Bibla Rambla is Plaza Nueva. There, in addition to enjoying a unique space from which to contemplate the Alcazaba de la Alhambra, the beautiful cover of the church of Santa Ana and the beginning of the Paseo de los Tristes, we can see another wonderful fountain.

This source is from 1868. Of her they emphasize the shells of stone that leave their first cup and the form of marine shell of the second. The crown a grenade-shaped spout.

Pilar del Toro, another of the historical sources of Granada

Pilar del Toro - José Luis Filpo Cabana / Wikimedia Commons

It is located almost at the foot of the church of Santa Ana and It is one of the oldest fountains in the city, since it dates from the mid-16th century. Its architect was Diego de Siloé, architect of the cathedral of Granada. Originally it was attached to a house and served as a watering hole for animals and for the supply of the population.

The fountain is built in gray marble from Sierra Elvira and its name comes from a beautiful bull head carved on its front. Next to her, two young men hold the bronze pipes where the water sprouts.

If we turn our backs, we can contemplate the magnificent building of the Royal Chancery of Granada. This construction today houses the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia.

Pilar de Carlos V

Pilar de Carlos V - José Luis Filpo Cabana / Wikimedia Commons

The last of the historical sources of Granada that we are going to see It is located at the foot of the door of Justice of the Alhambra. Welcome the visitor who decides to access the Nasrid monument walking from Plaza Nueva.

It is a beautiful fountain designed by Pedro Machuca, the architect of the palace of Carlos V and made by the artist Niccolo da Corte in 1545. It consists of a huge rectangular cup to which 3 water pipes pour out of the masks that decorate it.

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