|The Alhambra was both an alcazaba (fortress) and an alcázar (palace) as well as a small city. The name, from Arabic roots, also means red or crimson castle--or red citadel. This wood and plaster complex (fairly impermanent materials--a sign of Moorish humility) has been much restored over the past one hundred years. And it is still being explored and excavated. Begun in 1238, it was the last refuge for Spanish Moslems on the Iberian peninsula. When the Catholic kings took over the complex, they did not destroy it. (See below--Charles V's Palace.) There were three main sections in the complex: public areas for the everyday business of the palace and government; a somewhat more secluded section for state rooms and official entertainments; and finally private areas for the apartments of royalty and the palace household. The index below indicates the areas I was able to photograph.|
Exterior and Towers
Mexuar and Court of the Gilded Room
The Court of the Myrtles and Hall of the Boat
Hall of the Ambassadors
The Patio of the Lions
Hall of the Abencerrajes and Hall of Kings (or Hall of Justice)
Hall of the Two Sisters and Mirador of Lindaraja (or Daraxa) [and geographically related images]
Queen's Dressing Room and gardens
Palace of Charles V
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