Wednesday - 04|16|2014

Restoration of the Fountain of the Lions. Alhambra Granada

The aim of this Project is to repair the environmental damage caused on the Fountain of the Lions.

Restoration of the Fountain of the Lions

The Fountain of the Lions consists of a central basin supported by 12 white marble lions whose mouths are the water jets of the fountain. A poem by Ibn Zamrak eulogising Muhammad V, the Sultan who commanded the construction of the palace, is engraved on the fountain rim.

The damage to the lions and the fountain basin is due to various causes: extreme weather conditions, poor water quality, human activity, and chemical reactions on the surface of the stone. The combination of these factors has dramatically affected the formal and aesthetic aspects of this exceptional work of art and has required the implementation of restoration action activities by the Council of the Alhambra.

After having carried out scientific analysis and received approval of the restoration procedure techniques to be performed on one of the lions (currently exhibited in the Museum), the fountain was restored in situ while the court was closed to visitors. The marble lions were restored on the premises of the Department of Conservation of the Council of the Alhambra.

Technical Committee:

  • The Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife (Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife)
  • Spanish Institute of Historical Heritage (Instituto de Patrimonio Histórico Español) ( Ministry of Culture) (Ministerio de Cultura)
  • Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage (Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico) (Department of Culture) (Consejería de Cultura)