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The carmen is a type of housing typical grenadine walled with leafy vegetation, garden part part orchard.

The word carmen comes from the Arabic voice “karm” which means vineyard and thus the rustic farms of the Albaycín and the Realejo were designated. The characteristics of the grenadine carmen were forged between the 18th and 19th centuries with a more romantic character inspired by the French garden. The carmen of Santa Ana is from the 19th century and is exceptionally located under the Alhambra sharing walls with the Nazarí palace.