Alhambra – Nasrid Palaces: Patio de los Leones (Courtyard of the Lions)

Courtyard of the Lions inside the Nasrid Palaces in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Courtyard of the Lions

Courtyard of the Lions
Commissioned by the Sultan Mohammed V of Granada and built in the second part of the 14th century, the Courtyard of the Lions is inside the Palace of the Lions. It showcases of Moorish architecture in Spain and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As you can see, the Courtyard of the Lions is a rectangular court surrounded by arched corridors, behind which are the four famous halls of the Nasrid Palaces. Check the Map of the Palace of the Lions for their location. Located west of the court is the Hall of the Mocarabes, north is the Hall of the Abencerrajes, east is Hall of the Kings, and south is the Hall of the Two Sisters.

At the center is a fountain built with the sculpture of 12 lions and resting above them is a dodecagon-shaped (12-sided polygon) basin. The Courtyard of the Lions owes its name to the sculpture of these lions.

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Alhambra – Discover the magic of the Alhambra
Palacios Nazaríes – Nasrid Palaces – A Shining Example of Moorish Art and Architecture
Los Jardines del Partal – The Gardens of the Partal
Alcazaba – A Formidable Fortress of the Nasrids
Medina, the Bustling City of the Nasrids
Alhambra – Christian-Era Monuments
Alhambra – Outer Monuments
Heavenly Gardens of the Nasrids
Real Alcázar of Seville:
Pedro I Palace – A masterpiece of Mudéjar art and architecture

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