Alhambra (Civ5)

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Alhambra (Civ5)

World wonder of the Medieval era in Civilization V
Introduced in Gods & Kings
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Technology Chivalry (Civ5) Chivalry

All newly-trained non-air units in this city receive the Drill I promotion. Provides a free Castle in the city in which it's built. Provides +20% 20xCulture5 Culture in that city. In G&K, this wonder supplies 1 Great Artist Point.

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"Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies."
–Joseph Addison
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Game InfoEdit

  • All newly trained non-air units in this city receive the Drill I promotion, improving 20xStrength5 Combat Strength when fighting in ROUGH Terrain
  • Free Castle in the city
  • City 20xCulture5 Culture output +20%


Alhambra is one of two "battle" Wonders (along with Himeji Castle), which provide good military bonuses in the middle game, and are thus ideal for players pursuing a Domination victory. If built in a city that has a Barracks, an Armory, a Military Academy, and the Brandenburg Gate, all units produced by this city will have access to tier 4 promotions upon completion. The added boost to 20xCulture5 Culture is also nice.

Also, if you plan on building it, don't build a Castle in this city beforehand!

Historical InfoEdit

Found in southern Spain, the Alhambra is a large palace complex of the Nasrid Dynasty, who controlled the region in the mid 14th century. Construction first began sometime around 1238 AD under the rule of Ibn al-Ahmar, and continued under his successors. Taking its name from the red hue of its walls, the name Alhambra is translated as the "Red Fortress." Noted for its Moorish Islamic architectural style, the Alhambra features elaborate engravings and numerous examples of the interlacing patters know as "Arabesques" found predominantly in Islamic art. Although many examples of the original Islamic style remain today, much of the palace and its interior was reconstructed and modified after the rise of Catholicism in Spain.


Although the description does not specifically say so, the Drill I promotion applies only to melee, mounted, armor, and gunpowder units built in the Alhambra's city. In other words, it does not apply to naval units or air units.

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