GRANADA, Spain – Spain’s renowned Alhambra fortress palace in the southern city of Granada said on Saturday it is to open to the public an area known as the Emperor’s Rooms, one of the most important spaces within the historic monument.
The Board of the Alhambra informed EFE that visitors will be able to have access to the chambers, also known as the Washington Irving Rooms, five days a week during the month of December.
Washington Irving was an American historian and writer best known for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” (1819), “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820) and “Tales of the Alhambra” (1832).
Irving stayed in the rooms, in an area known as Sala de las Frutas, in 1829.
When Spanish King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V visited Granada in 1526 he stayed in the rooms in the Alhambra.
The first room, known as the Emperor’s Office, retains a fireplace and coffered ceiling, made in 1532 by Pedro Machuca, and leads to an antechamber through which the royal bedrooms were accessed.
Above the door is a marble plaque placed there in 1914 in memory of Irving.