Granada

The current entrance to Alhambra’s Nasrid Mexuar Palace once served as an ante-chamber for visitors waiting to see the sultan. After the conquest in 1492, Christian monarchs made significant changes installing their chapel here. The ajuelo (cut tiles) and some of the artesonados (elaborately decorated wood ceilings) are original. The Mexuar courtyard (Cuarto Dorado) separates the administrative part of the palace from the residential sections. The Comares Palace facade on one end of the courtyard commemorates a successful battle of Sultan Muhammed V and the calligraphy over the windows reminds one that “the only conqueror is God.” The Patio de los Arrayanes is one of several examples of reflecting pools that

reveal the dynamic qualities of water that animate the environment while emphasizing visual axes, framing the architecture and multiplying decorative themes. The combined effects of light, water, reflective surfaces and ornament dematerialize form – a process that is evident in the rooms of the Embajadores, Abencerrajes, and dos Hermanas. Plasterwork featuring calligraphy, geometric lazo and vegetal
ataurique, mocárabe prisms, interlace and knot work create an atmosphere of floating forms that speak of a world that is infinite.
The sound and cooling effects of water are repeated in Generalife's Patio de la Acequia with its 48m long pool.