The Alhambra has three palaces, which are the Mexuar, the Comares Palace, and the Palacio de los Leones. These palaces are in my opinion the most beautiful monument in Spain. The Moors did not like plain walls or ceilings and they decorated these palaces to the maximum, so all the walls and ceilings are decorated.
The Mexuar Palace was where the Moorish kings held royal audience and attended to their people. The Sala del Mexuar has wonderful tile work. There are windows that give beautiful views of the Albaicin. The Mexuar courtyard shows the beautiful facade of the Comares Palace and has a small fountain. The façade is richly decorated with tile stucco with complicated designs.
The Comares Palace has the Courtyard of the Myrtles, with a reflecting pool and trimmed myrtle bushes. The façade of the palace with the tilework and the plasterwork with filigree is incredible. The Ambassadors’ Hall has tilework using the starburst design in beautiful colors that is a fantasy. The plasterwork uses a filigree design that is incredible.
The Palacio de los Leones features a beautiful patio with the Lion Fountain, which was still being renovated. The architecture with the arches resting on pillars is simply beautiful. The plasterwork is beautiful. The Hall of the Abencerrajes features a stalactite dome. The Sala de las Dos Hermanas features a stalactite dome and wonderful glazed tiles.
In conclusion, I cannot say I have seen a more beautiful palace in my life. I first visited the Alhambra when I was 23 years old and it was so beautiful that I cried from joy! Every visit after that made me appreciate the Alhambra more, because age allows you to understand better what you are seeing and you appreciate more the hard work involved in building it.
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