To enter the royal palace is to enter another world. The palace was built mostly in the 14th century and is quite well preserved. The colours on the walls have faded and it is necesary to try to imagine what this place would have looked like filled with brightly coloured carpets strewn with exquisite cushions, wall hangings, curtains and stunning wooden furniture.
It is impossible to photograph entire rooms, all I can do is show you bits – very impressive bits.
This was the throne room of the palace, where the sultan would sit opposite the entrance. The domed wooden ceiling consists of 8,017 pieces of inlaid wood. You could get a crick in you neck looking at this.
In 1492, after a 700 year battle, the Reconquista was finalised in this room when Boabdil, the last Moorish king signed the surrender. In the same year Columbus stood before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel to convince them he could make a successful sea voyage to the east. Standing in here can make a person feel a touch insignificant.
The Court of Myrtles is named for the 2 myrtle hedges.
The last few photos are of the private rooms of the Sultana, the main wife, mother of the future leader. They are the most sumptuous and highly decorated of all. They must have been incredibly beautiful in full colour with exquisite decorations. There was a big price to pay for living here. She was rarely allowed to leave.