Flavours of Spain

The Alhambra - Part 4


The Nasrid Palaces - Comares Palace


The very plain exterior view of the Palace of Comares gives no indication of the riches inside.

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

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.

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

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.
 
Comares Palace, The Alhambra

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

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.

Comares Palace, The Alhambra   Comares Palace, The Alhambra

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

The floor was originally covered with white and blue glazed tiles. A small area survives in the centre of the room.

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

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. 

Comares Palace, The Alhambra

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