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



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.