Patio de las Doncellas is a superb example of an Islamic inner-courtyard centered with a reflection pool and fountain plus encircled with arcades called a peristyle. The exquisite first level was built in the 14th century. Most people assume the Muslims originated this type of multifoil, horseshoe arch. Actually, the Syrians were the first to use it followed by the Visigoths. The concept was adapted by the Moors (711 – 1248) and then extended by the Christians during the 12th to 17th centuries in the Mudéjar style. The upper level – created with an Italian Renaissance design – was added during the first half of the 16th century by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. The Courtyard of the Maidens is named after the Muslim leaders demands to be gifted 100 maidens annually.