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31 reviews of Court of the Lions

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The Palacio de los Leones of Mohamed V is the jewel of the crown of the Alhambra! As you step across the threshold of the Patio de los Arrayanes, leaving the Palacio de Comares, you understand that you have crossed the frontier to another world, another period, another lifestyle.

Designed and conceived by Mohamed V, this place reminds us of peaceful times, where beauty, the calm, and serenity reigned over defence, the battles and the intimidation. The relation between the Sultan and King Pedro I of Castile was the starting point for this sumptuous building, it was an attempt at making a greater one than the beautiful Christian Alcazar palace in Seville, King Mohamed embarked on a "colossal battle" to get the palace of palaces. The battle was now taking place in the field of culture, art and architecture!

In every room you can notice the hand of Moorish and Christian craftsmen, smartly mixed with the Muslim precepts and imposing the geometry and beauty of the Greek canon of perfection. It is curious that the columns of the Patio de los Leones were built with the same canons as the Parthenon... or that the domes from the Hall of the Abencerrajes and Dos Hermanas are based on Pythagoras' theorem.

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