The Alhambra is a palace, a fortress and a citadel. It was originally the residence of the Nasrid Sultans and top government officials, servants and the royal guard. Started in the 11th Century, ten centuries later, more tan 2.5 million visitors walk inside the citadel every year.
The Lions Court in the centre of the Lions Palace is the most iconic and visited heritage site in Spain. Visitors are restricted in Alhambra but even so, it is visited by 2,9 Million visitors each year coming from all over the world.
It is oblong in shape, 35 metres long and 20 metres wide, surrounded by a low gallery supported by 124 white marble columns, with a pavilion on each side of the courtyard, with filigree walls and cupolas.
The floors are made of marble, while the walls are covered with blue and gold tiles up to 1.5 metres, with blue enamelled and gold borders. In the centre of the courtyard is the Lions Fountain, an alabaster bowl supported by the figures of twelve white marble lions.
It was commissioned by the Nasrid sultan Muhammed V of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus. Its construction started in the second period of his reign, between 1362 and 1391 AD. The site is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage List
WARMEST have been commissioned by the Alhambra Patronage to undertake our research over the columns at the Lions Court in Alhambra Nasrid Palaces.