Did you know that the key and the hand on the gate of Justice are a metaphor for power?


In addition to their practical purpose in the defence of the Alhambra and as entrances to its walled area, the monument’s various gates have a symbolic value as displayed in various decorative elements with profound symbolism in the Islamic world. One example is the Gate of Justice, in which a key and a hand appear in the middle of its arches. The key represented faith, while the hand symbolized the five principles of Muslim Law, in other words perfection. There are countless interpretations as to why the two symbols appear together in the same gate, although this is generally considered to be a metaphor for power.