"Hall of Kings in the Courtyard of the Lions" Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces Tip by dlytle

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

  Hall of Kings filled with tourists
by dlytle

On the right of the gallery, we find the Hall of Los Abencerrages and the Hall of the Kings, where we can find pointed arches with rich mocarabes (geometric combinations of concave prism-like figures). I didn?t take any pictures in the Hall of Los Abencerrages but it has a nice fountain with a legend that 36 men of the Abencerrage family were murdered in this hall by a jealous sultan. Supposedly the russet stains in the bottom of the fountain are the bloodstains of the murdered family. Of course, it is oxidation of the marble causing these stains.

The Hall of Kings was delightful. This hall occupies the whole of the east side of the courtyard. You enter this hall from through three porticoes with triple arches of mocarabes, decorated with carved rhombuses and supported by fine columns. The hall is divided into five separate areas; three of these are chambers illuminated from porticos giving onto the courtyard and separated from each other by the other two transitional areas, which lie in deep shadow. From either end the hall appears to be a succession of light and shade. High, pointed stucco arches, all elaborately decorated in different styles define each room. This variety in adornment and the alternation of light and shade renders, even such rich and complex decoration, a vision that is soothing to the eye.

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 20, 2003
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