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Did you know that the Palace of the Lions has the best examples of muqarnas in the Alhambra and probably in the entire western Islamic world?

11/09/2017

The Palace of the Lions has the best examples of honeycomb ceilings, vaults and arches, also known as “muqarnas”, in the Alhambra and probably in the entire Islamic west of the second half of the 14th century.

They are formed by superimposed prisms in intricate geometric combinations. Their surface is later decorated with varied motifs and colours which accentuate the play of light.

Muqarna ceilings are very light, “almost ethereal”. Today we know that these ceilings are not just decorative but also have a structural function.

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