"The Mexuar Palace" Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces Tip by Bwana_Brown

Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces, Granada: 146 reviews and 281 photos

  Typical Moorish style windows
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  • Typical Moorish style windows - Granada
      Typical Moorish style windows
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  • A closer view of 'Nasrid Arch' construction - Granada
      A closer view of 'Nasrid Arch' construction
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  • Ornate stonework around the doors - Granada
      Ornate stonework around the doors
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  • Stonework detail - Granada
      Stonework detail
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After walking through a garden area, we first arrived at a building known as the Mexuar, whose construction was completed in 1365 and served as a sort of council chamber by the ruling Sultan where he could hear requests from his subjects or meet with his officials. This was our first real glimpse into the world of the Moorish rulers, who built the Alhambra in an elaborate fashion to give viewers an impression of power and wealth, even as their grip on Spain was beginning to falter.

The arched windows in the building (now known as the Nasrid-style) were quite fascinating, with this horseshoe form of architecture having been adapted by the Moors from its first use by the Visigoths of southern Europe at around 500 AD. It was the Visigoths who ruled this part of Europe until their defeat by the Moors in 711 AD. The Moors paid the same attention to architectural detail when it came to doors, with the last two photos showing some of the intricate stonework that was involved in making them appear impressive as well. We did not have much time to linger here because our guide was hurrying us a long a bit as we started the tour.

Address: Calle Real s/n
Directions: advanced booking is advised to prevent crowdings
Phone: + 34 958 227 525
Website: http://www.alhambra-patronato.es

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  • Updated Mar 1, 2009
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