"The Fountain of the Lions" Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces Tip by dlytle

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

  The Fountain of the Lions
by dlytle

In the Court of Lions the art of decoration fused with the exquisite use of the Moorish arch into an unrivaled composition of colors and shapes. The grey gravel of the courtyard contrasted with the white of the hundred and twenty-four marble columns, the fretwork above them, and the muted red tile of the roof, while from every passageway the tile and stalactite roofs shimmered with the reflected sunshine.

Everywhere one looks, something is vying for your attention and you can easily forget to notice the centerpiece of this exquisite garden?the Fountain of the Lions.

Water really is a miracle of engineering at the Alhambra. Fountains throughout the Alhambra spurt water propelled by gravity and water pressure. Without the aid of electricity, the water flows continuously through a labyrinth of complex underground channels to fountains and pools throughout the complex.

The Court of the Lions is a case in point as it usually has flowing water in the center fountain and in the 4 radiating channels symbolizing the Islamic 4 gardens of paradise. (Unfortunately it was not flowing the day I visited Alhambra)

Typically, refreshing water springs from the mouths of the twelve white marble lions. Placed in a circle and bearing on their backs a twelve-sided bowl, their gaze embraces every part of the courtyard. Some experts say that the lions were at one time elaborately painted. It is also believed that the lions may originally have come from a different palace within the precincts of the Alhambra. There use to be an upper bowl to the fountain and it is found today in the Adarve gardens in the Alcazaba.

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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  • Written Oct 18, 2003
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