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do you know that the myrtle is one of the most characteristic plants in the Alhambra?

13/06/2018

The most characteristic plant in the Alhambra is the myrtle (Myrtus comunis). Its Spanish name, arrayán, comes from the Arabic al-rayhan, or “the aromatic one”, so-called because of the aroma given off by the essential oils in...

Did you know that ‘simple fountains’ are very commonplace in the Alhambra?

01/02/2018

In the Alhambra there are a lot of fountains known as fuentes esquemáticas or simple fountains. They are embedded in the ground, and the edge is flush with the floor or sitting up slightly. They are very shallow and normally have...

Did you know that the ceiling of the Lindaraja viewpoint is made out of coloured glass?

08/01/2018

The ceiling of the Mirador de Lindaraja has a skylight feature made out of coloured glass assembled inside a vaulted wooden structure. It is the only one of its kind in the Alhambra. Its design shows us what the lattice screens...

Did you know that the Queen’s dressing room contains a synthesis of some of the most important painting of the Spanish Renaissance?

21/12/2017

The space known as the Queen’s dressing room contains a synthesis of the most important painting of the Spanish Renaissance. These works were painted by Julio Aquiles and Alejandro Mayner, disciples of Raphael. As well as the...

Did you know that Taqas are one of the most characteristic decorative features in the Nasrid Palaces?

10/10/2017

The taqa is one of the most typical decorative and functional features of the Nasrid Palaces.

Did you know that the Palace of the Lions has the best examples of muqarnas in the Alhambra and probably in the entire western Islamic world?

11/09/2017

The Palace of the Lions has the best examples of honeycomb ceilings, vaults and arches, also known as “muqarnas”, in the Alhambra and probably in the entire Islamic west of the second half of the 14th century.

They are formed...

Did you know that the Muqarna (Hpneycomb) decoration The Product of a geometric combination?

02/08/2017

The muqarna (honeycomb design) is a decorative feature made with a geometric combination of hanging interlocking prisms, the bottom of which is hollowed out to form a concave shape. It is used to decorate buildings.

Placed...

Did you know that one of the most severely y altered areas in the Alhambra is the area known as el secano?

26/06/2017

The highest part of the Medina of the Alhambra was severely altered by its new Christian occupants after the conquest in 1492. Several centuries later in 1812 after the occupying Napoleonic troops had retreated from the Alhambra...

Did you know that there are a dozen dungeons in the Alhambra?

28/03/2017

There are loads of dungeons (at least twelve) in the Alhambra.  Several of these were discovered in the Alcazaba, two of which are situated under its main towers (Torre del Homenaje and Torre de la Vela).  A third can...

¿Sabías que los Taqas son unos de los elementos decorativos más característicos de los Palacios Nazaríes?

26/09/2016

The taqa is one of the most typical decorative and functional features of the Nasrid Palaces. It consists of a normally small niche carved out of a wall, which was used for storing water vessels. The water was either for drinking...