"A beautiful carved & painted grotto in the Mexuar" Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces Tip by dlytle

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

  Muslim artistry at its finest in the Mexuar
by dlytle

I do not remember exactly where this grotto is located but I think it might be in the Golden Chamber off the Courtyard of the Mexuar.

This alcove is richly decorated with plaster encrustations, and conserves some of the original colors with which the entire palace was painted.

According to Muslim tradition the prophet Mahoma received his inspiration for the Koran directly from the Archangel Gabriel in the famous cave at Hira, where he had sought refuge while fleeing from his enemies. A spider?s web miraculously sealed the entrance to the cave to confuse his pursuers and since then it has been an important place of pilgrimage for all Muslims on their journey to Mecca. In celebration of this event, Stalactites became an essential decorative element, imbued with religious connotations, throughout the world of Islam, a tradition persisting even to this day. Often these stalactites are depicted using ?mocarabes?. Mocarabes are essentially a combination of stucco elements with prismatic or triangular sections that can be joined together in an infinite number of ways. And that is what gives this grotto, and so many others like it at the Alhambra, its unique look and character.

Anyway, I thought it an incredible example of artistry and wanted to share it with you.

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

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 20, 2003
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