Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Granada - Corral del Carbón

by Robert Bovington

The Corral del Carbón is one of the few examples of public buildings dating from the Moorish period to have survived to the current day. It was erected at the beginning of the 14th century, under the rule of the Nasrid dynasty, and it was part of the original structure of the moorish medina. It was originally a corn exchange and as an inn for visiting traders and merchants. 
After The Reconquest, it was used by coal merchants and its name changed to the Corral de Carbón. Later, in the 16th century, it was used as an open-air comedy theatre. Today, it still serves as a place of entertainment - occasionally theatre and flamenco concerts are held in the courtyard. It also houses  the Provincial Delegation of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía and the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada. 

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