Court of the Myrtles South Façade at Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Between the Gilded Room and the Palace of the Lions is Patio de los Arrayanes. This elegant and tranquil space measures 120 by 77 feet. It was commissioned during the reign of sultan Yusuf I (1333-1354). The Court of the Myrtles is named after the surrounding sculpted myrtle bushes. Other people call this Patio del Estanque (Patio of the Pond) because of its 111.5 foot reflection pool. You may also hear it referred to as Patio de Comares. This southern façade has two, seven-arch arcades. Their wood panels are decorated with fretwork (intricate carvings) plus Koranic inscriptions. Across the center are lattice windows with a classic, Moorish arch design. The chambers that originally occupied the second floor were truncated during the construction of the adjacent Palace of Charles V.

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

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