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Did you know that Taqas are one of the most characteristic decorative features in the Nasrid Palaces?

10/10/2017

The taqa is one of the most typical decorative and functional features of the Nasrid Palaces.

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...

Did you know that the Muqarna (Hpneycomb) decoration The Product of a geometric combination?

02/08/2017

The muqarna (honeycomb design) is a decorative feature made with a geometric combination of hanging interlocking prisms, the bottom of which is hollowed out to form a concave shape. It is used to decorate buildings.

Placed...

Did you know that one of the most severely y altered areas in the Alhambra is the area known as el secano?

26/06/2017

The highest part of the Medina of the Alhambra was severely altered by its new Christian occupants after the conquest in 1492. Several centuries later in 1812 after the occupying Napoleonic troops had retreated from the Alhambra...

Did you know that there are a dozen dungeons in the Alhambra?

28/03/2017

There are loads of dungeons (at least twelve) in the Alhambra.  Several of these were discovered in the Alcazaba, two of which are situated under its main towers (Torre del Homenaje and Torre de la Vela).  A third can...

¿Sabías que los Taqas son unos de los elementos decorativos más característicos de los Palacios Nazaríes?

26/09/2016

The taqa is one of the most typical decorative and functional features of the Nasrid Palaces. It consists of a normally small niche carved out of a wall, which was used for storing water vessels. The water was either for drinking...

Did you know that the water deposits in the Alhambra were key parts of the water system?

28/07/2016

The water deposits (albercas) in the Alhambra are genuine examples of the different uses and functions that a particular structure can have in Islamic culture

Did you know that bricks are a fundamental part of the interior architecture of the Alhambra?

30/06/2016

Bricks are a fundamental part of the interior architecture of the Alhambra.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE KEEP IS THE HIGHEST TOWER IN THE ALHAMBRA?

26/05/2016

Situated on the northern section of the wall next to the Plaza de los Aljibes, the Keep (Torre del Homenaje) is the highest tower in the Alhambra.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE PAVILION IN THE COURT OF THE LIONS IS MADE UP OF 669 PIECES OF WOOD?

28/04/2016

The recent restoration of the pavilions in the Court of the Lions has thrown up some curious facts