Sala de las Dos Hermanas

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,223 contributions
Exploring the Alhambra Stop #8 – Exploding Star Dome 
Feb 2020
This is one of the small but beautiful rooms within the Alhambra complex. It is a part of the Court of Lions which was the private living space of the Sultan and his family.
The most striking feature is the ceiling. When you stand in the middle of the room and look up, you are overwhelmed by the stunning 8 sided star dome. Light comes through sets of small lateral windows and the whole effect is like standing under an exploding star.
Over 5000 small prism shapes (musqarnas) were used to create this unique effect. They are arranged in such a way that the light reflects and bounces off them and creates abstract patterns that suggest ideas of creation, divinity and the cosmos. 
Absolute precision and mathematical equations were needed to construct such a dome and this was a field in which the Moors were very advanced.
Other features include the enormous and elaborately carved wooden doors and the small fountain in the centre of the room which connects vis a little channel to the lion fountain in the central courtyard. The walls are covered with extremely fine stucco plasterwork and inscriptions and verses from the court poet, Ibn Zamrak.
The name ‘Two Sisters’ sounds intriguing but it’s the least interesting part of the room and only refers to the two large, marble flagstones on the floor (which I failed to notice at the time because I could barely take my eyes away from the dome).
Written January 15, 2021
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy4,249 contributions
Yet another marvellous room in the Palace
Aug 2020
The "Sala de las Dos Hermanas" (Hall of the Two Sisters) is where the Sultan kept his favourite women. Yet another room with intricate architecture to visit in the Palace.
Written September 5, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia26,800 contributions
Elaborate Room
Jun 2019
Sala de las Dos Hermanas is yet another of the many elaborate rooms in the Nasrid Palaces. It was the Room where the Sultan kept his favourite women. The name of the Room which means Hall of the Two Sisters, has an intriguing origin. It could be due to two identical marble slabs on the floor on either side of the fountain there, or perhaps due to something mentioned in a bit of poetry found in the Hall regarding the Gemini constellation and the Moon. The fountain carries water through a small chanel on the floor, to the neighbouring Hall of the Lions Fountain. The architecture in the Sala de las Dos Hermanas is amazing. The ceilings are intricately designed, with small arches and other details. It's a room one just has to visit.
Written May 12, 2020
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