The Sultans’ Tombstones
Opening time: Saturdays from 12.00am during March.
Place: Hall VI, Museum of the Alhambra, Palace of Charles V.
Most tomb inscriptions of the Nasrid period that have remained belong to outstanding figures of the Granadian society of the time. We can mention those belonging to sultans and princes like Banū-l-Ahmar. Although few of them have been preserved, the data they provide are essential to understand Nasrid genealogy, the Moorish-Spanish history and civilisation and epigraphic art.
The aim of this talk is to bring epigraphic art in general and the most outstanding figures of the history of Granada in particular closer to the general public; for this end, these three Nasrid tombstones of the Museum of the Alhambra have been taken as an example of both aspects: art and history.
The talk will start with a brief introduction about Muslim burials and a summary of the most relevant data about the discovery of the pieces, as well as a detailed description of the main features of these royal inscriptions in terms of form and content.