The magnificent Nasrid Palaces, named after the dynasty of Moorish rulers who built them between 1333 and 1391, are arguably the Alhambra’s most famous attraction:
There are in fact three palaces that make up the Nasrid complex – the Comares Palace, The Mexuar Palace and the Palace of the Lions. However you don’t really get a sense of their being three distinct palaces when you walk round them. They all run into one another and the whole complex is a confusion of courtyards, corridors, covered walkways, alcoves, pavilions, pools, gardens and rooms. Hence the reason, I suspect, why everyone just refers to them as the collective Nasrid Palaces.
The rambling nature of the complex though does add a certain air of mystery and excitement to the whole experience. With a little imagination it’s not hard to see that their very nature would have provided the perfect stage for palace intrigue, court gossip, secret trysts, treasonous plots and scandalous affairs…….OK, maybe I’m getting a little carried away, but I hope you can see where I’m coming from…;0).
© Mark Simms Photography (2013)