Did you know that ‘simple fountains’ are very commonplace in the Alhambra?


In the Alhambra there are a lot of fountains known as fuentes esquemáticas or simple fountains. They are embedded in the ground, and the edge is flush with the floor or sitting up slightly. They are very shallow and normally have a relatively low level of water, which gushes out of a wide pipe. A drain of similar proportions causes the water to flow smoothly and swiftly away, producing subtle ripples which when they reflect the light “shine like a dinar”, according to a description in Arabic.