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.
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.
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.
The Sala de los Abencerrajes has a star-shaped cupola.
The Sala de los Reyes, Room of the kings, has glazed ceramic tiles with primary colors in geometric patterns, another Moorish architectural feature.
In the Patio de los Leones, Patio of the Lions, twelve lions representing the zodiac provide water to four corners.
The Patio of the Lions is surrounded by an arcade featuring the slim cylindrical columns and horseshoe arches between the columns.
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!