Alhambra – Partal Gardens: Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies) – Ceiling of the Portico

The ceilingof the portico of the Torre de las Damas located in the Partal Gradens, Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Ceiling of the portico of the Torre de las Damas

An interior view of the portico
The image shows the ceiling of the portico of the Torre de las Damas (Tower of the Ladies), a beautiful building located in the Jardines del Partal (Gardens of the Partal) area of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

The beautifully decorated wooden ceiling shown in the image is a delight to watch and is a great example of Mudéjar art, a style of decoration originated in Moorish Spain and is a fusion of Islamic and Christian art. There are many rooms in Nasrid Palaces and Generalife with ceilings decorated with Mudéjar art.

King Don Pedro of Castile was a great admirer of Mudéjar art and built a Mudéjar-style palace for himself using Mudéjar artisans, some of them were from Granada. Check Pedro I Palace for more info.

As you can see from the image, the ceiling has several repetitive geometrical patterns, including many recessed octagons, arranged symmetrically with a deeply-recessed multi-angled niche at the center.

Built sometime between 1302 and 1309 CE during the reign of Muhammed III, the Tower of the Ladies, which used to be called the Partal, is one of the oldest buildings in the Alhambra. Partal means portico in Arabic. It is now part of the Gardens of the Partal, which got its name because of this building.

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Related Pages
Alhambra – Discover the magic of 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
Generalife – Heavenly Gardens of the Nasrids
Real Alcázar of Seville: Pedro I Palace – A masterpiece of Mudéjar art and architecture

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