Its name comes from the Arabic al-qaysariya, which designates a commercial institution and the buildings that compose it. Although it is also said that it is related to the name of Caesar, to which the Arabs were grateful for allowing them to trade the silk.
It was a closed and well protected market, owned by the monarch after the Conquest, where raw silk was delivered to collect taxes and mark it, and where, in addition, high-priced merchandise was sold: silk, silver objects, goldsmiths, sumptuous clothes , whose sale was prohibited outside it.
craft store in the clariceriaLa Alcaicería was founded in the s. XIV next to the Great Mosque at the time of Muhammad V. It was accessed through nine doors that closed at night to protect it.
After the conquest of the city (1492), the Christian kings organized their government, maintaining Muslim institutions and customs, although always appointing the governor among the lords of the nobility.
It closed at night with solid doors, and inside it remained only the warden of it and the guards. In the S. XVI had almost 200 small stores.
In the S. XVII significant changes occur. Bermúdez de Pedraza, states that all kinds of silk, woven and hank, gold, cloth, linen and other merchandise were sold in the Alcaicería.
Its warden keeps it and watches at night with dogs, opens and closes it during the day, and takes care of its cleaning.
View of the cathedral's dome from the mayor's office in Granada At night, all the doors and establishments were closed, the shutters of the surrounding houses, with bars to prevent theft, and the guard towards a thorough round, leaving only two of They and the warden with the dogs.
In the S. XVIII silk cultivation suffered a setback and some stores were not rented. The enclosure was divided into two parts: one, with the fish markets or silk shops, and the other, with the jelices, customs and their offices.
Thus, lineros, notaries and other stores were installed without relation to the art of silk. An emblematic place that you will not forget.