MOROCCO could be laying claim to half of the tourist revenue from the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
In a bid to ‘build bridges between the two countries,’ the Moroccan Culture Minister Bensalem Himmich, has reportedly proposed that shared management be established between both countries to run the Granada monument.
Himmich argued that the arrangement would be justice for Boabdil, the last Moorish King of Granada, who was expelled by the Catholic Kings and spent the last years of his life in North Africa.
‘Boabdil’s descendents were Moroccan’, said the Culture Minister.
He added: “Such an arrangement could open bridges of cooperation and friendship between our two countries.”
The Minister reportedly made his demand to both the Spanish Government and the Junta de Andalucia.
However, the Moroccan Embassy has since denied their Culture Minister had called for income from the Alhambra.
“After consulting with the Ministry, we have no data to verify these declarations,” explained a spokesman.
The Alhambra was the most popular tourist attraction in Andalucia last year with more than three million visitors to the monument and Generalife gardens.