Alhambra Photo Gallery
قصر الحمراء

 

Welcome to the Alhambra! مرحبا بكم في قصر الحمراء

A superb photo gallery of Europe's Moorish stunning jewel in Granada: The Alhambra. Spain's most visited monument portrayed as you had not probably seen it before. A very personal look at its fantastic and magical geometric maze and the endless game of light and shadows. The beauty of the intricate filigree and all the love put into each detail, so characteristic of the architecture of Al-Andalus, as seen through the enamoured eyes of a local photographer. This photo gallery has now been optimized for Android and iOS mobile devices. Enjoy Granada seamlessly from your tablet and smartphone.

All photos are property of Víctor Ovies and any use of them, commercial or not, is prohibited without prior authorization from the author.

This was the focal point of the sultan's private dwellings. From the original entrance, the beauty of this patio progressively revelaed itself to the visitor. In either direction that he chose to take around the cloister, he found himself walking through a forest of gilded pillars, like gold fringes of lace hanging from the ski. "Ever since the Egyptian lotus capitals, never have columns been crowned more elegantly" (Oleg Grabar)

PALACE & COURTYARD OF THE LIONS

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The Comares complex including the Hall of the Ambassadors, or Throne Room, forms the most important nucleus of the Alhambra. Its balanced proportions lend the courtyard a feeling of serene majesty. The Mexuar is almost certainly the oldest surviving part of the royal palaces but also the one that has undergone most transformation since its early days.

MEXUAR AND COMARES PALACES AND THE BATHS

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The Alcazaba is the solitary forbear of an entire palatine city which would later come to be known as Madinat al-Hamra (The citadel of the Alhambra). Of the thirty or more towers which originally fortified the ramparts surrounding the Alhambra twenty-two still exist, each with its own name usually based on mundane usage.

ALCAZABA, GATES, WALLS & TOWERS

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The Generalife is the only one remaining of the many granges that once existed. It was a retreat where the Granadan monarchs could relax, away from the daily toil and bustle of the court.

GENERALIFE PALACE AND GARDENS

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From the 14th to the 16th century within the Alhambra walls in the Sabika hill existed a city (medina) of which little remains today. Yet, some nazrid houses and palaces managed to survive. The Partal includes the whole area besides the Palace of the Lions with the Tower of the Ladies and hanging gardens bordering the towers which provide a delightful stroll to the Generalife.

THE PARTAL, THE MEDINA AND OTHER PALACES

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As controversial and misunderstood as outstanding. Romantic clichés vilified the Palace of Charles V as an attempt to erase the Muslim past. A more dispassionate look at history though will reveal the contrary to be true: The intention was to reinforce Granada's role as a capital city by building great new monuments without destroying the old.

CHARLES V AND THE CHRISTIAN ALHAMBRA

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These pictures were taken in January 2003 and January 2010 when Granada and the Alhambra got white for a few hours. These are once-in-a-while shoots of the Alhambra covered in snow. Something only seen twice in the last 20 years!

ALHAMBRA IN WHITE (SNOW IN THE ALHAMBRA)

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Unique pictures of the Alhambra and Generalife at night. A different, more romantic, quieter approach to the monument.

INSIDE THE ALHAMBRA AND GENERALIFE AT NIGHT

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The Alhambra seen from Granada's best viewpoints including sunset shots from San Nicolas (the most beautiful in the world according to Bill Clinton's words) the Generalife Gardens and Paseo de los Tristes.

THE ALHAMBRA FROM GRANADA'S BEST VIEW POINTS

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A fascination for repetition and symmetry and the continuity of motifs is the prime motivation in Islamic art. Ornamental designs follow each other in reiterative rhythms towards infinity as a metaphor of eternity. The mathematical complexity of the tiling has fascinated many artists. One of them was the Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher, whose work was presented at the Alhambra in 2011 in an exhibition that inspired the title of this gallery.

INFINITE UNIVERSES

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