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Alhambra Palace 2


Eleven meters square and 18 meters high, the soil was originally made of marble and mud. In the middle of the room, you can see a square with the name of Allah written on the tiles.

It is a place with a rich poetic content, where we can find different compositions praising God and the emir and some fragments of the Koran. Every inch of the wall is covered with a decorative element.

There are nine bedrooms, three on each side of the hall, with the central alcove on the north side of the Sultan, also with a series of formerly closed windows with wooden blinds and stained glass cumarias (hence the name of Comares).

All the walls are covered with motifs of shells, flowers, stars, and writings. The chamber is a polychromed gold, with deep colors; the base is decorated with tiles; and the original floor was glazed ceramic blue and white.

The walls are also decorated with Koranic verses and poems in plasterwork, which gives the room an original feel, with decorations for a light atmosphere, it is one of the most impressive palace halls of the Islamic world. It is heated by braziers and lighted by oil lamps.


One of the most attractive things in the Hall of Ambassadors is its roof, the cubic form. It represents the seven heavens of the Muslim culture, placed on top of each other. The Koran says that it is the throne of God; the whole roof is full of stars—five hundred in total.

The roof is a representation of the universe, probably the best representation of the Middle Ages. Made of cedarwood and inlaid with wood of different colors, it forms stars that overlap on different levels.

In the center is highest on the establishment of Allah as the God-Koranic stories. It repeats the shapes that divide the roof into seven areas, representing the seven heavens descended successively to this world. The seven is a symbolic number of par excellence.

Among all of them, up to the throne , which is the symbol of the whole creation, this symbolic use of Koranic cosmology, with many allusions to the stool, the throne, and the King who sits on it, has a clear intention to legitimize the sovereign as a representative (Khalifa comes Caliph) of God on Earth.

Torre de Comares, Comares Hall, or Hall of the Ambassadors

Comares Vista Lounge, which is seen in the open alcoves on each side of the room. From the courtyard of the array of stresses in an end, the imposing tower of Comares is accessible by the boat room.

The Hall of Comares is the widest and highest throughout the palace. Its construction dates from the second third of the 14th century. Its principal function was to hold private hearings of the sultan. The guests sat in the open gaps in the walls. Here we find the throne of the sultan.




The fact that the room was the throne room, which was located in its center, just below the footstool of God, is a clear reference to this. But the symbolism of the room does not end there: the diagonals of the ceiling (four Comares) represent the four rivers of Paradise and the Tree of the World (or Axis Mundi), which have their roots from the stool expanding throughout the universe.

The bedrooms, nine present (three on each wall), plus three steps omitted to make room for the baraka is a reference to the 12 zodiacal houses in keeping with the role of seventh heaven holding that height.

We left again at the Courtyard Arrayanes. At one end of the left side of the courtyard, a small arch serves as an entrance to the passageway leading to the private area of the monarch, the Harem (Haram means private). You can access the Palace of the Lions through the Palacio de los Leones.




Gate of Justice


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