Flavours of Spain

The Alhambra - Part 3


The Nasrid Palaces - The Mexuar


The Mexuar was the first palace to be built by Ismail I at the start of the C14th. This became the semi public part of the palaces administering justice and controlling state affairs. It was partially destroyed by Yusuf II when he built the Comares Palace behind it in the mid C14th. This became the official residence of the ruler. The Palace of the Lions was added to this at the end of the C14th by Muhammad V and was the private area where the harem was and included the Royal baths.

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

The Mexuar is reached down a short passageway which leads into the Hall of the Mexuar. This was the place the Sura or Council of Ministers met and where justice was meted out. It is a splendid space with four tall wooden columns, colourful tiling round the bottom of the walls and elaborate plasterwork. The lovely wood ceiling was inserted by by the Christian Monarchs, replacing a lantern ceiling and glass dome.

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

At the far end is a beautiful oratory overlooking the gardens.

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

This leads into the Court of the Mexuar with the Golden Room set behind a three arched portico of elaborately carved pillars. Its name comes from the wood roof which was decorated with gold leaf during the time of the Catholic Monarchs. Again there is more decorative plasterwork on the walls.

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra   Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

There is a small fountain in the courtyard which is overlooked by the walls of the Comares Palace.

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

Mexuar Palace, The Alhambra

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