Flavours of Spain

The Alhambra - Part 5


The Nasrid Palaces - Palace of the Lions


The Palace of the Lions is Moorish architecture at its best. There is a central courtyard with the lion fountain at the centre. A channel of water runs from rooms on each of he four sides into the centre fountain.

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

Behind it can be seen the roof of the Comares Palace.

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

Round the edge is a porticoed gallery of 124 marble columns, with the private living quarters off. 

Palace of the Lions, The
                Alhambra  Palace of the Lions, The
                Alhambra

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

The Hall of the Abencerrages has the most wonderful ceiling in the form of an eight pointed star decorated with what can best be described as a honeycomb pattern, with small windows round the base. This is often described as ‘stalactite vaulting’.

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

Palace of the Lions, The
                Alhambra

Next to it is the Sala de los Reyes, the Hall of the Kings, entered through a three arched portico.

Palace of the Lions, The
                Alhambra

This was a long room, subdivided by pillars and arches. Above each is another splendid ceiling.

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

Opposite the Hall of the Abencerrages is the Hall of the Two Sisters which is very similar in style to it. In the floor is a small circular fountain with water channels running out into the courtyard. Again this has another wonderful ceiling.

Palace of the Lions, The
                Alhambra

At the far end of it is the Lindaraja Balcony with views over the Court of Lindaraja.
 
Court of Lindaraja, The
                Alhambra

This was originally an open pavilion but was enclosed during the C16th. The roof was covered with a lantern window made from small pieces of brightly coloured stained glass.

Palace of the Lions, The Alhambra

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