Granada's greatest landmark is The Alhambra, literally, 'the red' in Arabic. Home to the Moorish monarchs the Alhambra is an exquisite example of Islamic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Islamic eight point star: This detail in stucco is from the Salon de Embajadores (Ambassador's Room) in the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. This is where the Muslim ruler received senior dignatories and is the grandest room with a high ceiling and stunningly decorated walls. It is also the most dimly lit room and as a result has preserved some of the colours. Again, you see all the three elements of Islamic art here: geometrical patterns, vegetal patterns, and Arabic calligraphy. The calligraphy is simple stuff and is just two words, literally, Help (top) and God (bottom). I'm of the view that perhaps no building in the world has the word God or Allah inscribed on it as many times as in the Alhambra. The last Muslims rulers of Spain, the Nasirids, were well aware of their position and decorated the Alhambra fittingly: imploring God for His help and protection. Everyone interprets the Alhambra as royal palace, a secular place, but it is a masterpiece of the Sufi artists and a significant piece of Islamic religious architecture and decoration.
A room of the palace and a view of the Court of the Lions
Al Hambra in Granada - Spain
Al Hambra in Granada - Spain (courtyard)
Al Hambra in Granada - Spain (dome)
Al Hambra in Granada - Spain (garden)
Al Hambra Palace Garnada
Alhambra, the most visited monument of Spain
Canopy with stonework
One detail of the Arabesques
The Court of the Lions, a unique remain of Islamic animal statues
The Partal, one of the palaces of the complex
The Tower of Justice (Torre de la Justicia) is the original entrance gate to the Alhambra, built by Yusuf I in 1348
View of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albaycin of Granada
Whilst fountains and flowing water are a common feature around the Alhambra, they are particularly prevalent in the Palacio de Generalife