Alhambra, Granada, Spain 2003


Dating from the 10th century
Founded by the Moors
Gardens
In summer it must be grand
Caves on neighboring hills houses gypies
Dating from the 10th century Founded by the Moors Gardens In summer it must be grand Caves on neighboring hills houses gypies

View of town
Door
Typical wall
Made from molds
Allows repeating patterns
View of town Door Typical wall Made from molds Allows repeating patterns

Typical moorish colors
Color is painted on
Amazing detail
Tiles are very common
They did not ignore the ceilings either
Typical moorish colors Color is painted on Amazing detail Tiles are very common They did not ignore the ceilings either

Upper part of column
An inner courtyard
Arabic writing is God is Great
Same inner courtyard
Inlaid door
Upper part of column An inner courtyard Arabic writing is God is Great Same inner courtyard Inlaid door

It just continues
Other end of same courtyard
Patterns may contain no images
Look familiar yet?
 
It just continues Other end of same courtyard Patterns may contain no images Look familiar yet?  

Door within a door
Same courtyard
More tile
Window screens
Detail above tile
Door within a door Same courtyard More tile Window screens Detail above tile

Another courtyard
Porch detail
Porch detail
Same courtyard
Water runs from central fountain
Another courtyard Porch detail Porch detail Same courtyard Water runs from central fountain

Stained glass ceiling
Courtyard detail
View of surrounding hills
Notice how small this large hotel appears
Garden
Stained glass ceiling Courtyard detail View of surrounding hills Notice how small this large hotel appears Garden

Must always have a fountain
Garden fountain
Alhambra gate
 
Must always have a fountain Garden fountain Alhambra gate