Moorish Architecture in Andalucia, Spain – the Alhambra, Granada

20.05.2016
patio del cuarto dorado, alhambra, granada, spain

alhambra, granada, spain

The Alhambra perched above the town of Granada with the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the rear.
The al-qal’a al-hamra’ or “red citadel” was developed from an C11th Zirid fortress into a fortified palace city by the muslim Nasrid dynasty 1238-1492. The Alhambra
stretches roughly 3/4km across the Sabika hill with the walls now enclosing the Alcazaba – the original fortress – at the northern end, the Nasrid palaces, gardens, the
summer residence or Generalife, as well as the buildings erected by the Christians who followed the Nasrid emirs – the large renaissance palace built for Emperor Charles V,
the church of Santa Maria, the convent of San Francisco.

alhambra, granada, spain

Looking south from the gardens by the Alcazaba towards the Islamic Nasrid Palaces built in the C14th and the Palace of Charles V designed by Pedro Machuca,
a student of Michelangelo, and begun in 1527. Christian and Islamic architecture side by side.

generalife, alhambra, granada, spain

Spring in the gardens of the Generalife at the southern end of the Alhambra palace city, looking towards the old Muslim Quarter, Albaicin.

generalife, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio de la Acequia in the Generalife, with views to the west of the the Nasrid palaces and the palace of Emperor Charles V

patio de los arrayanes, alhambra, granada, spain

Inside the complex of the Nasrid Palaces, the Palacio de Comares (1350-60) – the Patio de los Arrayanes or Court of the Myrtles with the Comares Tower.

patio de los arrayanes, alhambra, granada, spain

detail from the Sala de la Barca in the Palacio de Comares out into the Patio de los Arrayanes.

patio de los arrayanes, alhambra, granada, spain

Detail of the portico on the north side of the Patio de los Arrayanes, and part of the Palacio de Comares – the Comares Palace.

sala de la barca, palacio de comares, alhambra, granada, spain

Detail in the Sala de la Barca, the anteroom to the throne room of Yusuf I

patio del cuarto dorado, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio del Cuarto Dorado, and the entrance to the Comares Palace through the left-hand doorway. This southern facade of faience, stucco and wood
contains inscriptions to Muhammad V (1354-59 and 1362-91)

patio del cuarto dorado, alhambra, granada, spain

Detail of the northern facade of the Patio del Cuarto Dorado.

patio del cuarto dorado, alhambra, granada, spain

Detail in the Patio del Cuarto Dorado

patio del cuarto dorado, alhambra, granada, spain

Detail in the Patio del Cuarto Dorado

patio de los leones, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio de los Leones, Palacio de Muhammad V in the Nasrid Palaces complex.

patio de los leones, alhambra, granada, spain

Los Leones – the Lions dating from the 14th century, or possibly the 11th century.

patio de los leones, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio de los Leones

patio de los leones, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio de los Leones

patio de los leones, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio de los Leones

patio de los leones, alhambra, granada, spain

Patio de los Leones

sala de dos heramnas, alhambra, granada, spain

Sala de dos Hermanas – Hall of the Two Sisters, off the Patio de los Leones in the palace of Muhammad V

sala de dos hermanas, alhambra, granada, spain

Mirador de Daraxa in the ‘House of A’isha’, through the Sala de Dos Hermanas
in the Palacio de Muhammad V, which looks out over the Jardin de Lindaraja,
a garden laid out at a later date by Christian Kings.

sala de los abencerrajes, alhambra, granada, spain

Looking up in the Sala de los Abencerrajes – Hall of the Abencerrajes,
which gives off the Patio de los Leones on the south side.

 

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