The Alhambra: History, Construction, and Preservation

  • 12 Jun 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 569-3188

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The lecture deals with the history and architectural evolution of the
Alhambra, with special attention to the intervention of the architects who restored the monument during the 19th and 20th centuries.  The work of these architects has become part of the collective imagination, encouraging the prevailing of a romantic vision over historical rigor. Authors, architects, and presenters  Fernando Vega and Camilla Mileto have completed a detailed survey and architectural preservation project of the Alhambra, taking into account these significant repercussions for historical interpretations of architectural interventions, as well as for the present and future image of the monument.

The speakers have worked for 10 years on architectural stratigraphical analysis in the Nasrid Palaces and the restoration of the Barberia room, both at the Alhambra (Granada, Spain) and have studied the changes of the monument due to the restoration works of different times.