Lintel from the Mensuar decorated with geometric motifs
This piece comes from an early construction erected by Ismail I, which was successively remodelled by Yusuf I and during the second mandate of Muhamad V, for use as a meeting room for the Sura or Council of Ministers; as an entrance hall for the administration of justice by the Sultan, and occasionally for the celebration of the Mawlid or feast of the Prophet.
During the Christian period, the Mexuar was adapted once again for use as an oratory, during which its spatial layout was reorganized with the closing of its central skylight and the addition of the courtyard of the perfumes.
The piece of the month for February is a polychrome lintel which highlights the special connection between this area and the first Mexuar, the portico built by Machuca and the zafariche or multilobed pond in the courtyard outside.
The lintel conserves some of its beautiful original colour and highlights the importance of these architectural elements within the palaces. Other interesting examples can be found in the Palace of the Lions.
- Time: Saturdays at 12.00 a.m.
- Place: Room VI, Museum of the Alhambra, Palace of Charles V.