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Court of the Myrtles in the Comares Palace. The Comares Palace, built under Yusuf I, is in line with typical Nasrid building design, with all the important rooms arranged around a splendid inner courtyard. The residential apartments are on the long sides of the Court of the Myrtles, while at each narrow end a portico leads onto the public reception and administrative halls. In the background rises the Torre de Comares, the highest tower of the Alhambra, which houses the Throne Room.

The Alhambra

Considered as one of the most famous examples of Islamic art, the Alhambra is the culmination and grand finale of medieval Islamic culture on the Iberian Peninsula.

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Islamic Architecture of Andalusia

Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim- ruled areas of the Iberian Peninsula were known). These buildings make Andalusia visually unique in Europe and have to be classed as its greatest architectural glory.

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The Morrocan Pavillian in Putrajaya, Malaysia

In recreating the Moroccan ambience for the contemporary scene, the Astaka Morocco, set to become a prominent landmark in Putrajaya, showcases the unique Moroccan and Moorish architecture, which is incidentally believed to be first of its kind in the ASEAN region.Development of the Astaka Morocco is an idea mooted by the Malaysian Government. Construction of the building symbolizes the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries especially with its people and culture.

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The Ornate Alhambra

A pictorial tour of the intricate and ornate architecture of Alhambra.

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The Alhamra at Granada

James Cavanah Murphy spent the last 12 years of his life preparing notes and drawings for a publication on this Moorish architecture. The resulting book, The Arabian Antiquities of Spain, was only partially…

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The Alhambra – A Virtual Walking Tour

To understand the Alhambra you need to look at its history, location and surroundings. It is situated on the hill of Sabika, overlooking the city of Granada. Alhambra means, literately, “The Red” and…

Design for the elevation of a wall of the picture gallery, Leighton House, George Aitchison, 1895. SC124/4 © RIBA Library Drawings Collection

London’s Arab Hall

“…The Arab Hall in this fine house, without being at all like the Al-hambra in detail, gives the grand impression which Eastern art awakes in many minds.” An English vicar’s wife was so…

Nasrid plasterwork: symbolism, materials & techniques

This article provides an introduction to traditional materials and techniques used in Nasrid plasterwork as well as explaining their style and symbolism.

Owen Jones and Jules Goury, arched window from the volume Plans, elevations, sections & details of The Alhambra, published 1837.

Illustrations of Islamic Architecture

The Alhambra Granada, Spain Built chiefly in the 13th and 14th centuries The Alhambra (from the Arabic, Al Hamra, meaning The Red) is an ancient mosque, palace and fortress complex built by the…

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Arabesque Art of Islamic Spain

The arabesques and geometric patterns of Islamic art are often said to arise from the Islamic view of the world. To Muslims, these forms, taken together, constitute an infinite pattern that extends beyond the visible material…

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Historic Illustrations of Islamic Architecture

Title: Dome of the Rock Other title: Qubbat al-Sakhrah (Mosque: Jerusalem); Mosque of Omar Date: circa 687–691 Current location: Yerushalayim, Mehoz Yerushalayim, Yisra’el Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project…

History of the Nasrids of Granada

by Markus Hattstein   The last Islamic kingdom in Western Europe and the rise of the Nasrids The last Islamic kingdom in Western Europe, the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, has always fascinated historians…

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