Court of the Lions at Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Palace of Lions was finished shortly before the end of the reign of Muhammed V in 1391. It was designed as a residence for the sultan’s harem and royal family. The outdoor centerpiece is Patio de Los Leones. You will immediately notice the fountain with a dozen lions sculptured from Macael marble. Less obvious are the four channels carrying water to different halls of the palace. Encircling the rectangular Court of the Lions is an arcade defined by 124 marble columns. Above them are delicate filigree tracery plus calligraphy.

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Patio de los Leones, Calle Real de la Alhambra, 18009 Granada, Spain

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