The cannons date back to the 16th century and were used by the Moors during their rule over Granada. They are some of the oldest surviving examples of artillery from that time period, and they stand as a reminder of Granada’s rich history.
The Alhambra Cannons are made up of two large bronze guns, each weighing around three tons. These weapons were designed to be mounted on carriages or platforms for use in battle. The barrels measure more than five meters long and have an impressive calibre size – approximately 13 cm (5 inches). The cannons are adorned with intricate decorations such as Arabic inscriptions and floral patterns, which reflect Moorish artistry at its finest.
These impressive pieces of artillery were originally used by Sultan Muhammad V in 1526 when he attempted to repel Spanish forces led by King Charles I who was attempting to take control over Granada at the time. Unfortunately for Muhammad V, his efforts proved unsuccessful and eventually, after months of siege warfare, he surrendered the city to Charles I on January 2nd 1492 – thus ending Muslim rule in Spain after nearly 800 years.
Today these cannons can still be seen outside the walls of La Alhambra Palace where they serve as both a reminder of past battles fought there centuries ago and an important symbol representing Granada’s unique cultural heritage which has been shaped through centuries-long influences from both Islamic culture and Christianity alike.
Visitors coming to explore this historic site will find themselves captivated not only by these majestic monuments but also by all that surrounds them – including stunning views overlooking nearby mountainside villages like Sacromonte or Albaycin where one can truly appreciate just how beautiful this part of Spain really is.