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Once we entered the complex of exquisite buildings and rooms built for the Moorish nobility we were amazed at the quality of construction. Located next door to the first attraction (the Mexuar Palace) is the impressive water-filled Patio de Arrayanes, named for the densely-leafed rows of Myrtle hedges that adorn both sides of the pool. In addition to just simply looking beautiful, the pool of water also provided the sultans with some cooling from the hot sun as well as reflecting the suns rays into some of the darker corners of the surrounding alcoves and windows. The Moorish style arches are used for effect in this portion of their quarters.
After walking the length of the pool we turned for a view in the opposite direction where the Throne Room is located and from which we had entered the area. We could see the Alhambra tower in the distance but our early morning visit combined with brilliant sunshine resulted in too much contrast for a decent shot (2nd photo). However, we managed to recover from that disappointment by looking skyward from the patio (3rd photo)!!
Directions: Part of the Nasrid Palaces in the complex
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