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PALACE & COURTYARD OF THE LIONS
This was the focal point of the sultan's private dwellings. From the original entrance, the beauty of this patio progressively revelaed itself to the visitor. In either direction that he chose to take around the cloister, he found himself walking through a forest of gilded pillars, like gold fringes of lace hanging from the ski. "Ever since the Egyptian lotus capitals, never have columns been crowned more elegantly" (Oleg Grabar)
The Comares complex including the Hall of the Ambassadors, or Throne Room, forms the most important nucleus of the Alhambra. Its balanced proportions lend the courtyard a feeling of serene majesty. The Mexuar is almost certainly the oldest surviving part of the royal palaces but also the one that has undergone most transformation since its early days.
ALCAZABA, GATES, WALLS & TOWERS
The Alcazaba is the solitary forbear of an entire palatine city which would later come to be known as Madinat al-Hamra (The citadel of the Alhambra). Of the thirty or more towers which originally fortified the ramparts surrounding the Alhambra twenty-two still exist, each with its own name usually based on mundane usage.
GENERALIFE PALACE AND GARDENS
From the 14th to the 16th century within the Alhambra walls in the Sabika hill existed a city (medina) of which little remains today. Yet, some nazrid houses and palaces managed to survive. The Partal includes the whole area besides the Palace of the Lions with the Tower of the Ladies and hanging gardens bordering the towers which provide a delightful stroll to the Generalife.
CHARLES V AND THE CHRISTIAN ALHAMBRA (
If any one monument can be so controversial and misunderstood and yet so often referred to as outstanding it is the Palace of Charles V. Romantic clichés vilified it as an attempt by authotitarian Spanish monarchs to erase the Muslim past but a more dispassiuonate look at history will reveal the contrary to be true. THeur intention was to reinforce Granada's role as a capital city by building great new monuments without destroying the old. Complementing rather than detracting from the past.
ALHAMBRA IN WHITE (SNOW IN THE ALHAMBRA)
These pictures were taken in January 2003 and January 2010 when Granada and the Alhambra got white for a few hours. These are once-in-a-while shoots of the Alhambra covered in snow. Something only seen twice in the last 20 years!
THE ALHAMBRA FROM GRANADA'S BEST VIEW POINTS
INFINITE UNIVERSES INFINITE UNIVERSES INFINITE
A fascination for repetition and symmetry and the continuityof motifs is the prime motivation in Islamic artt. Ornamental designs follow each otherin reiterative rhythms towards infinity as a metaphor of eternityin.in reiterative rhythms towards infinity as a metaphor of eternityin. The mathematical complexity of the tiling has fascinated artists and researchers long. One of them was the Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher, whose work was presented at the Alhambra in 2011 in an exhibition that inspired the title of this gallery.
Granada is a city filled with history, living with the hubbub and bustle of her squares, her streets, her gardens. A city that entices you to discover the secrets it keeps, a seductive temptation for any traveller. .
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