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The Alcázar is a special tile improvement in Civilization VI. It can be built by a player that is the Suzerain of the Granada city-state.

  • Effects:
    • +2 Culture Culture
    • Occupying unit receives +4 Strength Defense Strength and automatically gains 2 turns of fortification (+6 Strength Defense Strength).
    • GS-Only.png Provides Science Science equal to 50% of the tile's Appeal.
  • Restrictions:
    • Cannot be adjacent to another Alcázar.

In the Zombie Defense game mode, the Alcázar deals moderate (15 HP) damage to hostile units passing through it.


The Alcázar is an improved Fort, providing Culture Culture in addition to its defensive bonuses. Non-aggressive players who are aiming for a Culture Victory will find it particularly useful after researching Flight, as it will provide them with extra Tourism Tourism while making their lands easier to defend. Furthermore, with its bonus yield to Science Science in Gathering Storm, players have an incentive to build the Eiffel Tower for more useful Alcázars. The Alcázar can be constructed on any of the following terrain and its (Hills) variant:

Certain terrain features, such as Woods or Rainforest, will have to be removed before the Alcázar can be built. Also note that an Alcázar may not be constructed on top of Resources.

Civilopedia entry[]

The alcázars (a sort of final refuge) were castle-palaces built in many of the Moorish cities in al-Andalus, mostly between the 8th and 15th centuries AD. Many of these were built as the residence of the Moorish governors … and came in quite handy, not only against unruly rivals but also later against that perplexing Christian Reconquista. Many still stand, and are quite famous: for instance, those in Segovia. Toledo, Cordoba (the famed Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos), Burgos, and Seville. The last, as an example, was built in 913 as a fort for the Cordoban governor; in the 11th Century, it was expanded into the palace known as al-Muwarak (“the Blessed”). The Christian king Fernando III made it his royal residence when he captured Seville in 1248. Now it is just another stop for tour buses in the city.

Related achievements[]

Even Our Castles Have Castles
Even Our Castles Have Castles
Build an Alcazar within 2 tiles of the Alhambra
This may be a reference to a fortification network formed by the Alcazar together with the Alhambra, the latter of which was a fortress built during Moorish rule over Spain.
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1 Requires a DLC2 Secret Societies mode only • 3 Monopolies and Corporations mode only • 4 Zombie Defense mode only

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