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2. The Serallo

3. The Lions' Court

4. The Harem

5. Ladies' Tower

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Alhambra, the Lions' Court

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Photo: Tor Eigeland/Saudi Aramco World/PADIA

Once you made it to the Lions' Court, you should sit down, to relax and bring your mind into the right mood. With the Church of la Familla Segrada, this must be Spain's no. 1 tourist and cultural attraction. How many times every angle, every detail of the Lions' Court have been photographed nobody could ever estimate.
As a matter of fact the Lions' Court was neglected for centuries, and as in almost every other country in the world, it was a foreigner who first appreciated its value. But the man in question, the American writer Washington Irving, was far from the first foreigner to arrive here. In 1812, the French forces of Napoleon had stayed here, and in other parts of the Royal Palace, and all they could contribute was the looting of everything nice and moveable. But when Irving arrived in Granada in the late 1820's the story would change. His Tales of the Alhambra has more than anything else contributed to the fame of Moorish Spain and Granada, as well as the saving of the legacy of Alhambra.
Irving wrote about the the Lions' Court: "It is impossible to contemplate his scene, so perfectly Oriental, without feeling the early associations of Arabian romance, and almost expecting to see the white arm of some mysterious pricess beckoning from the gallery, or some dark eye sparkling though the lattice. The abode of beauty is here as if had been inhabited but yesterday."

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

The Lions' Court was built in the second half of the 14th century during the reign of Muhammad 5. It opens up to 3 beautiful rooms, the Hall of the Two Sisters, the Hall of the Abencerrajes and the Hall of the Kings. Together with the Lions' Court do they make up the Harem of the Royal Palace.

By Tore Kjeilen