MUSLIM!-and I’m proud of it!
If I were to tell you that Muslims once ruled Spain and that in the era of 14th century they left a landmark so splendid -Al Andalus Palace- a building to which stands no comparison till now! You would obviously give me the “you’ve gotta be kidding me” look. But believe me dear reader this is as true as you and I are!
Al Hambra is the most magnificent reminisce of Muslim rule in Europe. The poetry based architecture reflects the skill and the love for art behind the minds that went into bringing out the master piece. Great creativity is reflected from each and every building holding no resemblance to each other in the art and craftsmanship. Each court is unique in its crafted walls, ceilings, doors and windows. Marbles, precious stones, ceramics, what not was used in the construction of Al-Hambra.
Located on the hill of La Sabica, al Andalus, Spain the Al-Hambra Palace consists of the Royal Complex-containing the living quarters of the royal families and their servers. The most amazing thing to notice here are that the bathrooms had a water supply system (both hot and cold) plus pressurized water for showering and all this in 14th century! Oh my!
Other than this there are several courts, notably the Court of the Myrtles- which chiefly gets its name from the myrtles which grow around the pond-the main feature of this area. The pond helped to cool the palace and acted as a symbol of power.
The Court of Lions- the name comes from the figures of twelve lions in white marble, located centrally in the court. Yet another unique example of Muslim art.
The other courts include the Court of the Council Chamber and the Court of the Vestibule.
The three popular halls of Al-Hambra are the Hall of the Ambassadors- and was the grand reception room containing
the throne of the sultan- Hall of Abencerrajes and the Hall of two sisters.
All these buildings reflect an exquisite architecture to which words cannot do justice to. And this is the landmark which tells the story of the great position the Muslims held. And this my dear reader has been an inspiration to many in the field of art, literature and music and this is one of my inspiration to becoming a true Muslim, from mind, body and soul. Yes I’m a Muslim and I’m proud of it!
“Note: architectural references were taken from Wikipedia.
For further information and tour into the Al Hambra log on to youtube and get stunned from the beauty of the building!”
by Javeriya Sayeed Siddiqui