Flavours of Spain
The Nasrid Palaces - Comares Palace
very plain exterior view of the Palace of Comares gives no
indication of the riches inside.
The view of the Hall of the Ambassadors reflected in the pool in the Courtyard of the Myrtles must rank among the most famous in the world. The name comes from the myrtle bushes on either side of the pool.
This is the most important palace in the Alhambra. Not only was it the residence of the Sultan, the throne room or Hall of Ambassadors was here. His four wives and children lived in the upper apartments around the courtyard, reached through doorways off the courtyard.
The Hall of the Ambassadors is the largest room in the palace. There are decorative tiles round the bottom of the walls with carved plaster work above. This would have originally have been brightly coloured.
The floor was originally covered with white and blue glazed tiles. A small area survives in the centre of the room.
The wood roof is made of thousands of tiny pieced of wood. The four sides of the triangles represent the four rivers of Paradise. The seven crowns of stars represent the seven heavens a soul must pass before reaching Paradise.
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