reflection at Patio de los Arrayanes

Palacios Nazaries of the Alhambra

The Palacios Nazaries, Nasrid Royal Palace, is the highlight of the Alhambra. The royal apartments and water features are spectacular, a stark contrast with the adjacent Alcazba fortifications.

The Patio de los Arrayanes, located near the entry to the palace’s public area, has a large reflecting pool with goldfish.

reflecting pool at Patio de los Arrayanes
reflecting pool at Patio de los Arrayanes
reflection at Patio de los Arrayanes
reflection at Patio de los Arrayanes

The Salon de Embajadores, Hall of the Ambassadors, is the most majestic room of the Alhambra, where the throne was located and receptions held. The wooden ceiling portrays the seven heavens of the Islamic paradise. The Salon is located in the large tower we saw from the Albaycin the night before.

wooden cupola of Sala de Embajadores
wooden cupola of Sala de Embajadores

These ceiling photos were taken with available light. Using aperture priority, the camera selected a shutter speed of 1/15 second, too long to hand-hold. I set the focus, exposure, and the 10-second timer. After pressing the shutter button, I placed the camera on the floor and guarded it until the camera took the picture.

The Sala de las Dos Hermanas, Room of the Two Sisters, is located behind the Patio de los Arrayanes.

Sala de Dos Hermanas
Sala de Dos Hermanas

The Sala de los Abencerrajes has a star-shaped cupola.

star-shaped cupola of Sala de los Abencerrajes
star-shaped cupola of Sala de los Abencerrajes

The Sala de los Reyes, Room of the kings, has glazed ceramic tiles with primary colors in geometric patterns, another Moorish architectural feature.

Sala de los Reyes
Sala de los Reyes

In the Patio de los Leones, Patio of the Lions, twelve lions representing the zodiac provide water to four corners.

Patio de los Leones
Patio de los Leones

The Patio of the Lions is surrounded by an arcade featuring the slim cylindrical columns and horseshoe arches between the columns.

round columns and horseshoe arches in the Patio de los Leones
round columns and horseshoe arches surrounding the Patio de los Leones

At this point our Canon Powershot S100 camera got a lens error we couldn’t clear. Fortunately, we had already seen the Alhambra, and we were going home the next day. At home we discovered that the camera had just gone off warranty. We mailed the camera to Canon Repair for an estimate. Apparently the S100 lens error is a known defect — Canon repaired the iris and returned the camera with no charge!

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charley280

I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

4 thoughts on “Palacios Nazaries of the Alhambra”

    1. Yes, you’re right. A grand palace like this has tales of events and court intrigue. Some of the room names reflect this, such as the Abencerrajes knights being killed in the Sala de los Abencerrajes. I couldn’t separate the fact from fiction. In the end, I felt that the beauty and exquisite detail of the Alhambra would stand on its own, without embellishment.

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  1. Charley, thanks for the wonderful post! Gorgeous pictures…having missed the best part of the Alhambra, at least we can visit vicariously! We did see the reflecting pool, but the Patio de los Leones and the interior are stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I’m sorry you missed this, and I hope these pictures help a little. The Alhambra is such a treasure. To think that the Spanish took back the Alhambra in 1492, the year Columbus discovered the New World.

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