Flavours of Spain
The Nasrid Palaces - Palace of the Lions
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.
Behind it can be seen the roof of the Comares Palace.
Round the edge is a porticoed gallery of 124 marble columns, with the private living quarters off.
Next to it is the Sala de los Reyes, the Hall of the Kings, entered through a three arched portico.
This was a long room, subdivided by pillars and arches. Above each is another splendid ceiling.
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.
At the far end of it is the Lindaraja Balcony with views over the Court of Lindaraja.
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.
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