The Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces

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).ย 

ยฉ Mark Simms Photography (2013)

13 Responses to “The Alhambra: Nasrid Palaces”

  1. ardisanelson

    I visited the Alhambra last summer, taking hundreds of photos. Yours put mine to shame, but I guess that is why you are a photographer. Fantastic!

    • Mark Simms

      Thank you…..I took a few hundred shots as well including a number that I wouldn’t want to post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Mjollnir

    Great photos of a place I’ve yet to visit despite spending six months in Spain but it’s planned for the summer after next ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Mark Simms

      You’ll love it……just be patient with the tourists because it is very popular and book your tickets before you go ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Mjollnir

        Thanks for the advice Mark. If I can handle the crowds at the Acropolis I’m sure I’ll manage ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Noeline Smith

    A fabulous collection of photographs Mark that have once again captured the whole vista, from the grand to intimate details. I don’t know how long you spent there; I’ve spent most of two afternoons and it still wasn’t enough!

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Noeline, we had one whole day at the Alhambra – I reckon you could easily spend a week exploring and photographing to do it all justice. I’ll just have to go back…๐Ÿ˜‰


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