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

02/03/2015

 

The ceiling of the Lindaraja balcony is the only surviving ceiling of this kind in the Alhambra. Designed as a source of light from above, it was made out of coloured glass assembled on a wooden vaulted structure. According to the Official Guide to the Alhambra, its shapes and structure were a prelude to what would later become the lattice-screens used in most of the windows in the palaces of the Alhambra. Writings in Arabic by Mawlid in 1362 refer to a spectacular glass ceiling in the Mexuar, which must have been similar to this one. Muhammad V must have liked this type of ceiling, which he probably also used to adorn the Palace of the Alijares, now lost.