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"Patio de Los Leones" Alhambra - Nasrid Palaces Tip by easyoar

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

  Patio de los Leones
by easyoar

This patio is in the heart of the harem (i.e. the part of the palace where the Sultan kept all of his wives). Whilst this is probably one of the most stunning parts of the whole Alhambra, I can't help but feel that it has been rather badly named. In case you can't speak Spanish, Patio de los Leones translates into "Patio of the Lions".

To my eye at any rate, I cannot see a single Lion. Instead I see a collection of small dogs reminiscent of Tintin's dog Snowy.

I suspect I'm not the only person to be disappointed by the distinct lack of Lion type attributes of the animals in the centre of the patio. Apparently the inscription on the bowl the Lions are holding up states that "How much fiercer they would look if they weren't so restrained by their respect for the sultan".

Perhaps the embarrassed architect added this afterwards when he saw how his Lions had come out, hoping this obvious kowtowing to the Sultan would cover for his distinct lack of animal realism...

Address: Calle Real s/n
Directions: Advanced booking is advised to prevent crowdings
Phone: + 34 958 227 525

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2004
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