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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.

Medina Azahara

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.

Islamic Dynasties Chart

The Islamic Dyansties

This schematic chart provides a simplified picture of the political complexities of certain periods. (Large parts of Central Asia, China, South-east Asia and Africa have been omitted.)     islamic dynasties art and…

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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…

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.

Bassin. Alhambra. Grenade. Spain

The art of Islamic Spain

Written by Countess Patricia Christine Jellicoe   The Alhambra, site of the first presentation of the exhibition “Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain,” has been an Orientalist fantasy since.. Washington Irving rediscovered it…

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…

Qur'an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492), second half of 15th century. Spain

Qur’an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492)

Qur’an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492), second half of 15th century. Spain This small Qur’an case, a quintessential devotional and amuletic object, is inscribed with the Nasrid dynastic emblem: “There is no conqueror but…

Materials and Mediums – Islamic Art

The decorative arts in Islam are marked by a remarkable degree of stylistic consistency which has been applied to a broad range of materials, each of which had a craft-base of its own,…

Style in Islamic Art (1250 – 1500 A.D)

Ilkhanid style The Ilkhanid style flourished in Iran. It was formed from three traditions, Chinese, Iranian and Islamic, under rulers descended from the Mongol conqueror Chingiz Khan. Chinese porcelain and silks were imported…

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