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Alhambra Palace Complex: Detail, stalactite capitals, carved wood panels in passageway

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posted on 2017-07-05, 00:00 authored by G. Massiot & cie
The palaces of the Alhambra and Generalife form the most important architectural ensemble to survive from the Nasrid period (1232\u20131492). The walled Alhambra city which sits on a steep hill, comprised the Alcazaba (alqa\u1E63aba: 'fortress'), palaces, mansions, two mosques, baths (\u1E25ammams), an industrial zone with tanneries, a mint, kilns, workshops, and some adjacent royal estates such as the Generalife. The Generalife was built on ascending terraces. The sovereign reached the Generalife's royal mansion, the Dar al-Mamlaka al-Sa'ida ('royal house of felicity'), from the Alhambra's Puerta de Hierro, also built by Muhammad II. He ascended through orchards, crossed a first courtyard and entered the second through a guarded south portico, to ascend to a vestibule with a structural bench and up a steep staircase to the Patio de la Acequia. Gardens and fountains are interspersed throughout the palace complex. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Alt Title

Palaces of the Alhambra and Generalife

Date Created

1910-01-01

Date Modified

2017-07-05

Spatial Coverage

Granada|Granada, Granada, Spain|+37.176892-3.589986

Temporal Coverage

before or circa 1910

Cultural Context

['Nasrid', 'Mud\\u00E9jar']

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To view the physical lantern slide, please contact the Architecture Library.

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