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Granada / The Alhambra

The Court of Lions

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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history and enchanting beauty of Granada, Spain, as depicted in this stunning photograph of the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, taken circa 1910. The Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a breathtaking palace and fortress complex nestled atop the Sabika Hills. This iconic image captures the intricate and exquisite details of the Court of the Lions, a central courtyard adorned with intricate Arabesque architecture, fountains, and the famous twelve lions that spout water from their mouths. The Court of the Lions was originally built as a bathhouse for the Nasrid rulers and their harem. The name "Court of the Lions" comes from the twelve marble lions that surround the central fountain, each with a human head and the body of a lion. The lions represent the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The intricate details of the architecture in this photograph are a testament to the artistic and cultural achievements of the Nasrid dynasty, which ruled Granada from 1232 to 1492. The Alhambra is a masterpiece of Islamic art and architecture, with influences from the Moorish, Christian, and Jewish cultures that coexisted in Granada during this period. This photograph is a rare glimpse into the past, offering a window into the history and beauty of Granada and the Alhambra. It invites us to imagine the lives of the people who once walked these halls, and to appreciate the enduring legacy of this remarkable place.

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