الحمرا

از ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد
پرش به: ناوبری، جستجو
فارسی English

مختصات: ۳۷°۱۰′۳۶.۸۱″ شمالی ۳°۳۵′۲۳.۹۵″ غربی / ۳۷.۱۷۶۸۹۱۷° شمالی ۳.۵۸۹۹۸۶۱° غربی / 37.1768917; -3.5899861

کاخ الحمرا
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اطلاعات اثر
کشور ESP
نوع فرهنگی
معیار ثبت i, iii, iv
شمارهٔ ثبت ۳۱۴
منطقه اروپا
تاریخچه
تاریخچهٔ ثبت ۱۹۸۴ (طی نشست هشتمین)
منطقهٔ بر پایهٔ دسته‌بندی یونسکو
کاخ الحمرا

الحمرا کاخی است مشرف بر شهر گِرانادا (غرناطه) در اسپانیا، که به عنوان یکی از شاخص‌ترین نمونه‌های هنر شمال آفریقا (عرب) و شاید یکی از مشهورترین بناهای اسلامی جهان بشمار می‌آید. این بنا شامل چندین قسمت مجزا است که در دوره‌های مختلف ساخته شده‌اند. نام کاخ که به معنای سرخگون است، بنا به نظر بسیاری، از رنگ غالب بر بنا گرفته شده‌است.

پیشینه[ویرایش]

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ساختمان این کاخ در دوران بازپس گیری حکومت از مسلمین توسط پادشاهان مسیحی آغاز شد. در حالی که مسیحیان عامی در حال پیشروی بودند، اسپانیا تحت حکومت مسلمین، به بالاترین درجه فرهنگ خود تا آنزمان رسیده بود. ساختار ظریف الحمرا، جزئیات نفس گیر، تجلیل از زندگی، ترکیب طبیعت با طراحی انسان، همه بر این حقیقت صحه می‌گذارد که بازگشت مسیحیان به اسپانیا، در طی سده‌های بعد چه فاجعه‌ای به بار آورد.

ساختمان مدور، مربوط به سده ۱۶ و قصر کارلوس پنجم است، در منتهی‌الیه سمت چپ آن برج کمارس (Torre de Comares) که بخشی از شبستان یا Serallo است. تالار پذیرش سفرا یا Salón de Embajadores نیز در همین بخش قرار دارد. در حد فاصل اینها محوطه و آبنمای شیران (Lions’ Court) و بارگاه یا Mexuar قرار دارد. در قسمت پشت آن هم قلعه یا Alcazaba قرار گرفته‌است.

پیشینه اصل بنای الحمرا به سده ۱۳ برمی‌گردد، اما درواقع الحمرا مجموعه‌ای از چندین قصر است که هر حاکم، ویژه به خود بنا کرده‌است. ایده اصلی موجود در چند ساختمان این مجموعه، کوششهایی برای برای بوجود آوردن بهشت بر روی زمین بوده‌است.

مسلمانان صحرانشین که آب برایشان از هر گوهری ارزشمندتر بود، با کشیدن نهرهایی از سرچشمه‌ها و جویبارها، باغهای کاخ را با چشمه‌های رویایی، فواره‌ها و حوضهای کم عمق و پر انعکاس تزیین کردند. صدای زمزمه آب در سراسر باغها و حوض خانه‌ها به گوش می‌رسد و کشف چشمه‌های کوچک، لذت گشتن در باغ را صد چندان می‌کند.

مسیحیان در سال ۱۴۹۲ گرانادا را تسخیر کردند و چند سال بعد، زمانی که شاه و ملکه کاتولیک، فردیناند (Ferdinand) و ایزابلا (Isabella) درگذشتند، گرانادا برای مدفن آنها انتخاب شد. شاید رویاهای مسلمانان درباره بهشت روی زمین، قلبهای سرد این دو را هم گرم کرده بوده‌است.

بخش‌ها[ویرایش]

الحمرا شامل ۳ بخش است: قصر سلطنتی، که مشهورترین بخش آن است و خودش به سه قسمت: بارگاه یا Mexuar، شبستان یا Serallo و حرم سرا تقسیم شده‌است، بخش‌های دیگر کاخ شامل باغهای پلکانی Generalife و قلعه Alcazba هستند.

بارگاه[ویرایش]

بارگاه بخشی از قصر سلطنتی بود، جایی که سلطان به امور روزانه مملکتی و تجاری رسیدگی می‌کرد. این قسمت از نظر تزیین و تجل به پای بخش‌های دیگر کاخ نمی‌رسد و درواقع از فضایی فروتنانه برخوردار است. ورود به چند اتاق برای مراجعین آزاد بود، از جمله تالار پذیرش و اتاق طلایی که مخصوص کارکنان قصر بود. جذابترین قسمت بارگاه، حیاط خلوت اتاق طلایی بود.

شبستان[ویرایش]

قسمت اعظم بخش شبستان در زمان سلطنت یوسف اول در قرن ۱۴ انجام شده‌است و دارای تزینات بسیار زیاد بود تا برای شرفیابی سفرا و مهمانان خاص مناسب باشد. این بنا شامل مجموعه‌ای از اتاقها و حیاطهای بسیار زیبا بود و یکی از مناظر دیدنی آن حیاط گل پروانش Patio de los با استخری که از دو طرف با صفی از بوته‌های پروانش احاطه شده بود، به شمار می‌رفت.

در انتهای شمالی شبستان برج کمارس (Torre de Comares) قرار داشت که تالار کشتی (Sala de la Barca) در درون آن واقع شده بود. کمی جلوتر در برج به تالار سفیران می‌رسیم که بزرگ‌ترین و شاید بهترین اتاق در تمام قصر سلطنتی باشد. این تالار یک مربع کامل است و یک گنبد بسیار زیبای چوبی دارد که به معنای هفت طبقه آسمان است.

این تالار شاهد امضای تسلیم‌نامه گرانادا به شاه و ملکه کاتولیک، توسط سلطان بوعبدل (Boabdil) بوده‌است و در همین تالار شاه فردیناند موضوع سفر کریستف کلمب را، برای یافتن راهی به هندوستان مورد بررسی قرار داد.

محوطه و آبنمای شیران[ویرایش]

محوطه و آبنمای شیران

هنگامی که به این محوطه وارد می‌شوید، باید بنشینید و با آسودگی ذهن خود را در وضعیتی مطلوب قرار دهید. اینجا مکان شماره یک فرهنگی و گردشگری اسپانیا است و از هر زاویه، هر ریزه کاری و هر بخش آن به دفعات بی شماری عکس گرفته شده‌است.

اما این مکان تا قرنها مورد بی توجهی قرار گرفته بود و مانند بسیاری از موارد مشابه در جهان، ارزش این بنا توسط یک خارجی به چشم آمد و مورد توجه همگان قرار گرفت. اما این شخص، واشنگتن اروینگ (Washington Irving) نویسنده آمریکایی، اولین خارجی که از این آبنمای بی نظیر دیدن کرده‌است، نبود.

در ۱۸۱۲، نیروهای فرانسوی ارتش ناپلئون در این کاخ اقامت کردند و تنها کار مفیدی که برای خودشان انجام دادند، دزدیدن اشیا سنگین قیمت و سبک وزن کاخ بود. اما زمانی که اروینگ در اواخر دهه ۱۸۲۰ به گرانادا رسید، ماجرا دچار تغییری فاحش شد و داستان‌های الحمرا (Tales of the Alhambra) او بیش از هر چیز در ستایش اسپانیای مسلمان نشین و گرانادا است و به واسطه این نوشته، کاخ الحمرا نیز جایگاه اصلی خود را بازیافت.

محوطه شیران در نیمه دوم قرن ۱۴ و دوران حکومت محمد پنجم ساخته شده‌است. از این حیاط به سه اتاق زیبا وارد می‌شویم، تالار دو خواهر، تالار Abencerrajes، تالار شاهان. این سه تالار همراه با محوطه شیران حرم سرای کاخ سلطنتی را تشکیل می‌دهند.

حرم سرا[ویرایش]

حرم کاخ الحمرا از حیاط شیران منشعب می‌شود و شامل مجموعه‌ای از اتاقهای زیبا و یک حمام است. در جنوب این سالن به تالار Abencerrajes می‌رسیم که دارای حیرت انگیزترین سقفها در کل مجموعه‌است.

سقف یک ۱۶ ضلعی است با تزئینات مقرنس (استالاگمیتی) است و توسط پنجره‌هایی که بر روی گنبد نصب شده‌اند و نوری که بر روی آب چشمه کف منعکس می‌شود، روشن می‌شود. سقف تالار دو خواهر نیز بسیار شگفت انگیز است و از بیش از ۵۰۰۰ خانه لانه زنبوری ساخته شده‌است.

در تالار شاهان، به یک اثر نامتعارف هنری برمی خوریم، که تمثالهایی زنده نمایانه از انسان است که در دین اسلام حرام دانسته می‌شده. سازنده این آثار به احتمال فراوان مسیحی بوده‌است اما دستور ساخت آن را سلاطین دودمان نصر صادر کرده بودند.

حمامها آخرین قسمت با اهمیت حرم هستند که نمی‌توان به آن داخل شد، اما می‌توان درون آن را از میان پنجره تماشا کرد.

منابع[ویرایش]

وب‌گاه فریا (برداشت آزاد)

جستجو در ویکی‌انبار در ویکی‌انبار پرونده‌هایی دربارهٔ الحمرا موجود است.
Alhambra
Native name
Arabic: الحمراء
Vista de la Alhambra.jpg
Location Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Coordinates 37°10′37″N 3°35′24″W / 37.17694°N 3.59000°W / 37.17694; -3.59000Coordinates: 37°10′37″N 3°35′24″W / 37.17694°N 3.59000°W / 37.17694; -3.59000
Built 9th century
Governing body Ministry of Culture
Official name: Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii, iv
Designated 1984 (8th session)
1994 (18th session – Extension)
Reference No. 314
State Party Spain
Region Europe
Official name: La Alhambra
Type Real property
Criteria Currently listed as a monumento (Bien de Interés Cultural)
Designated 10 February 1870
Reference No. (R.I.) – 51 – 0000009 – 00000
Alhambra is located in Spain
Alhambra
Location of the Alhambra within Spain
Alhambra

The Alhambra (/ælˈhæmbrə/, Spanish: [aˈlambɾa])[a] the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra,[b] is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Kingdom of Granada who built its current palace and walls, and later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.[1]

The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and its court of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.[2]

Moorish poets described it as "a pearl set in emeralds," in allusion to the colour of its buildings and the woods around them.[3] The palace complex was designed with the mountainous site in mind and many forms of technology were considered. The park (Alameda de la Alhambra), which is overgrown with wildflowers and grass in the spring, was planted by the Moors with roses, oranges and myrtles; its most characteristic feature, however, is the dense wood of English elms brought by the Duke of Wellington in 1812. The park has a multitude of nightingales and is usually filled with the sound of running water from several fountains and cascades. These are supplied through a conduit 8 km (5.0 mi) long, which is connected with the Darro at the monastery of Jesus del Valle above Granada.

Despite long neglect, willful vandalism and some ill-judged restoration, the Alhambra endures as an atypical example of Muslim art in its final European stages, relatively uninfluenced by the direct Byzantine influences found in the Mezquita of Cordova. The majority of the palace buildings are quadrangular in plan, with all the rooms opening on to a central court; and the whole reached its present size simply by the gradual addition of new quadrangles, designed on the same principle, though varying in dimensions, and connected with each other by smaller rooms and passages. The Alhambra was extended by the different Muslim rulers who lived in the complex. However, each new section that was added followed the consistent theme of "paradise on earth". Column arcades, fountains with running water, and reflecting pools were used to add to the aesthetic and functional complexity. In every case, the exterior was left plain and austere. Sun and wind were freely admitted. Blue, red, and a golden yellow, all somewhat faded through lapse of time and exposure, are the colors chiefly employed.

The decoration consists, as a rule, of Arabic inscriptions that are manipulated into sacred geometrical patterns wrought into arabesques. Painted tiles are largely used as panelling for the walls. The palace complex is designed in the Mudéjar style which is characteristic of western elements reinterpreted into Islamic forms and widely popular during the Reconquista, the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslims by the Christian kingdoms.

Layout

Plan of the Palacio Arabe 1889

The Alhambra did not have a master plan for the total site design, so its overall layout is not orthogonal nor organized. As a result of the site's many construction phases: from the original 9th-century citadel, through the 14th-century Muslim palaces, to the 16th-century palace of Charles V; some buildings are at odd positioning to each other.[4] The terrace or plateau where the Alhambra sits measures about 740 metres (2,430 ft) in length by 205 metres (670 ft) at its greatest width. It extends from west-northwest to east-southeast and covers an area of about 142,000 square metres (1,530,000 sq ft).[citation needed] The Alhambra's most westerly feature is the alcazaba (citadel), a strongly fortified position. The rest of the plateau comprises a number of Moorish palaces, enclosed by a fortified wall, with thirteen towers, some defensive and some providing vistas for the inhabitants. The river Darro passes through a ravine on the north and divides the plateau from the Albaicín district of Granada. Similarly, the Assabica valley, containing the Alhambra Park on the west and south, and, beyond this valley, the almost parallel ridge of Monte Mauror, separate it from the Antequeruela district. Another ravine separates it from the Generalife.

Art and architectural details

A room of the palace and a view of the Court of the Lions.
Ceiling in Alhambra
Arabesques around one of the windows.

The decorations within the palaces typified the remains of Moorish dominion within Spain and ushered in the last great period of Andalusian art in Granada. With little of the Byzantine influence of contemporary Abassid architecture,[3] artists endlessly reproduced the same forms and trends, creating a new style that developed over the course of the Nasrid Dynasty. The Nasrids used freely all the stylistic elements that had been created and developed during eight centuries of Muslim rule in the Peninsula, including the Calliphal horseshoe arch, the Almohad sebka (a grid of rhombuses), the Almoravid palm, and unique combinations of them, as well as innovations such as stilted arches and muqarnas (stalactite ceiling decorations). The isolation from the rest of Islam plus the commercial and political relationship with the Christian kingdoms also influenced building styles.

Columns and muqarnas appear in several chambers, and the interiors of numerous palaces are decorated with arabesques and calligraphy. The arabesques of the interior are ascribed to, among other sultans, Yusuf I, Mohammed V, and Ismail I, Sultan of Granada.

After the Christian conquest of the city in 1492, the conquerors began to alter the Alhambra. The open work was filled up with whitewash, the painting and gilding effaced, and the furniture soiled, torn, or removed.[3] Charles I (1516–1556) rebuilt portions in the Renaissance style of the period and destroyed the greater part of the winter palace to make room for a Renaissance-style structure which was never completed. Philip V (1700–1746) Italianised the rooms and completed his palace in the middle of what had been the Moorish building; he had partitions constructed which blocked up whole apartments.

Over subsequent centuries the Moorish art was further damaged, and in 1812 some of the towers were destroyed by the French under Count Sebastiani. In 1821, an earthquake caused further damage. Restoration work was undertaken in 1828 by the architect José Contreras, endowed in 1830 by Ferdinand VII. After the death of Contreras in 1847, it was continued with fair success by his son Rafael (d. 1890) and his grandson. Designed to reflect the very beauty of Paradise itself, the Alhambra is made up of gardens, fountains, streams, a palace, and a mosque, all within an imposing fortress wall, flanked by 13 massive towers.[5]

History

One detail of the arabesques.

Completed towards the end of Muslim rule of Spain by Yusuf I (1333–1353) and Muhammed V, Sultan of Granada (1353–1391), the Alhambra is a reflection of the culture of the last centuries of the Moorish rule of Al Andalus, reduced to the Nasrid Emirate of Granada. It is a place where artists and intellectuals had taken refuge as the Reconquista by Spanish Christians won victories over Al Andalus. The Alhambra integrates natural site qualities with constructed structures and gardens, and is a testament to Moorish culture in Spain and the skills of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian artisans, craftsmen, and builders of their era. The literal translation of Alhambra, "the red (female)," reflects the color of the red clay of the surroundings of which the fort is made. The buildings of the Alhambra were originally whitewashed; however, the buildings as seen today are reddish. Another possible origin of the name is the tribal designation of the Nasrid Dynasty, known as the Banu al-Ahmar Arabic: Sons of the Red (male), a sub-tribe of the Qahtanite Banu Khazraj tribe. One of the early Nasrid ancestors was nicknamed Yusuf Al Ahmar (Yusuf the Red) and hence the (Nasrid) fraction of the Banu Khazraj took up the name of Banu al-Ahmar.

The first reference to the Qal‘at al-Ḥamra was during the battles between the Arabs and the Muladies (people of mixed Arab and European descent) during the rule of the ‘Abdullah ibn Muhammad (r. 888–912). In one particularly fierce and bloody skirmish, the Muladies soundly defeated the Arabs, who were then forced to take shelter in a primitive red castle located in the province of Elvira, presently located in Granada. According to surviving documents from the era, the red castle was quite small, and its walls were not capable of deterring an army intent on conquering. The castle was then largely ignored until the eleventh century, when its ruins were renovated and rebuilt by Samuel ibn Naghrela, vizier to the emir Badis ben Habus of the Zirid Dynasty of Al Andalus, in an attempt to preserve the small Jewish settlement also located on the natural plateau, Sabikah Hill.

Detail of the script of the wall of the Mexuar Hall: "Only God is victorious".
Alhambra.

Ibn Nasr, the founder of the Nasrid Dynasty, was forced to flee to Jaén to avoid persecution by King Ferdinand III of Castile and the Reconquista supporters working to end Spain's Moorish rule. After retreating to Granada, Ibn-Nasr took up residence at the Palace of Badis ben Habus in the Alhambra. A few months later, he embarked on the construction of a new Alhambra fit for the residence of a sultan. According to an Arab manuscript since published as the Anónimo de Granada y Copenhague,

This year, 1238 Abdallah ibn al-Ahmar climbed to the place called "the Alhambra" inspected it, laid out the foundations of a castle and left someone in charge of its construction...

The design included plans for six palaces, five of which were grouped in the northeast quadrant forming a royal quarter, two circuit towers, and numerous bathhouses. During the reign of the Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra was transformed into a palatine city, complete with an irrigation system composed of acequias for the gardens of the Generalife located outside the fortress. Previously, the old Alhambra structure had been dependent upon rainwater collected from a cistern and from what could be brought up from the Albaicín. The creation of the Sultan's Canal solidified the identity of the Alhambra as a palace-city rather than a defensive and ascetic structure.

The Muslim ruler Muhammad XII of Granada surrendered the Emirate of Granada in 1492 without the Alhambra itself being attacked when the forces of the Reyes Católicos, King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, took the surrounding territory with a force of overwhelming numbers.

Overview

The Tower of Justice (Puerta de la Justicia) is the original entrance gate to the Alhambra, built by Yusuf I in 1348.

The Alhambra resembles many medieval Christian strongholds in its threefold arrangement as a castle, a palace and a residential annex for subordinates. The alcazaba or citadel, its oldest part, is built on the isolated and precipitous foreland which terminates the plateau on the northwest. All that remains are its massive outer walls, towers and ramparts. On its watchtower, the 25 m (85 ft) high Torre de la Vela, the flag of Ferdinand and Isabella was first raised as a symbol of the Spanish conquest of Granada on 2 January 1492.[3] A turret containing a large bell was added in the 18th century and restored after being damaged by lightning in 1881. Beyond the Alcazaba is the palace of the Moorish rulers, The Nasrid Palaces or Alhambra proper, and beyond this is the Alhambra Alta (Upper Alhambra), originally occupied by officials and courtiers.

Access from the city to the Alhambra Park is afforded by the Puerta de las Granadas (Gate of Pomegranates), a triumphal arch dating from the 15th century. A steep ascent leads past the Pillar of Charles V, a fountain erected in 1554, to the main entrance of the Alhambra. This is the Puerta de la Justicia (Gate of Judgment), a massive horseshoe archway surmounted by a square tower and used by the Moors as an informal court of justice. The hand of Fatima, with fingers outstretched as a talisman against the evil eye, is carved above this gate on the exterior; a key, the symbol of authority, occupies the corresponding place on the interior. A narrow passage leads inward to the Plaza de los Aljibes (Place of the Cisterns), a broad open space which divides the Alcazaba from the Moorish palace. To the left of the passage rises the Torre del Vino (Wine Tower), built in 1345 and used in the 16th century as a cellar. On the right is the palace of Charles V, a smaller Renaissance building.

Royal complex

Canopy with stonework

The Royal Complex consists of three main parts: Mexuar, Serallo, and the Harem. The Mexuar is modest in decor and houses the functional areas for conducting business and administration. Strapwork is used to decorate the surfaces in Mexuar. The ceilings, floors, and trim are made of dark wood and are in sharp contrast to white, plaster walls. Serallo, built during the reign of Yusuf I in the 14th century, contains the Patio de los Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles). Brightly colored interiors featured dado panels, yesería, azulejo, cedar, and artesonado. Artesonado are highly decorative ceilings and other woodwork. Lastly, the Harem is also elaborately decorated and contains the living quarters for the wives and mistresses of the Berber monarchs. This area contains a bathroom with running water (cold and hot), baths, and pressurized water for showering. The bathrooms were open to the elements in order to allow in light and air.

Court of the Myrtles

The present entrance to the Palacio Árabe, or Casa Real (Moorish palace), is by a small door from which a corridor connects to the Patio de los Arrayanes (Court of the Myrtles), also called the Patio de la Alberca (Court of the Blessing or Court of the Pond), from the Arabic birka, "pool". The birka helped to cool the palace and acted as a symbol of power. Because water was usually in short supply, the technology required to keep these pools full was expensive and difficult. This court is 42 m (140 ft) long by 22 m (74 ft) broad, and in the centre there is a large pond set in the marble pavement, full of goldfish, and with myrtles growing along its sides. There are galleries on the north and south sides; the southern gallery is 7 m (23 ft) high and supported by a marble colonnade. Underneath it, to the right, was the principal entrance, and over it are three windows with arches and miniature pillars. From this court, the walls of the Torre de Comares are seen rising over the roof to the north and reflected in the pond.[6]

Hall of the Ambassadors

The Salón de los Embajadores (Hall of the Ambassadors) is the largest in the Alhambra and occupies all the Torre de Comares. It is a square room, the sides being 12 m (37 ft) in length, while the centre of the dome is 23 m (75 ft) high. This was the grand reception room, and the throne of the sultan was placed opposite the entrance. The grand hall projects from the walls of the palace, providing views in three directions. In this sense, it was a "mirador" from which the palace's inhabitants could gaze outward to the surrounding landscape.[7] It was in this setting that Christopher Columbus received Isabel and Ferdinand's support to sail to the New World[citation needed]. The tiles are nearly 4 ft (1.2 m) high all round, and the colours vary at intervals. Over them is a series of oval medallions with inscriptions, interwoven with flowers and leaves. There are nine windows, three on each facade, and the ceiling is decorated with white, blue and gold inlays in the shape of circles, crowns and stars. The walls are covered with varied stucco works, surrounding many ancient escutcheons.[6]

Court of the Lions and the Fabulous Fountain

The Court of the Lions, a unique example of Muslim art

The Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions) is an oblong court, 116 ft (35 m) in length by 66 ft (20 m) in width, surrounded by a low gallery supported on 124 white marble columns. A pavilion projects into the court at each extremity, with filigree walls and a light domed roof. The square is paved with coloured tiles and the colonnade with white marble, while the walls are covered 5 ft (1.5 m) up from the ground with blue and yellow tiles, with a border above and below of enamelled blue and gold. The columns supporting the roof and gallery are irregularly placed. They are adorned by varieties of foliage, etc.; about each arch there is a large square of stucco arabesques; and over the pillars is another stucco square of filigree work. In the centre of the court is the Fountain of Lions, an alabaster basin supported by the figures of twelve lions in white marble, not designed with sculptural accuracy but as symbols of strength, power, and sovereignty. Each hour one lion would produce water from its mouth.[8] At the edge of the great fountain there is a poem written by Ibn Zamrak. This praises the beauty of the fountain and the power of the lions, but it also describes their ingenious hydraulic systems and how they actually worked, which baffled all those who saw them.[9] This is just a simple example of the Muslims' genius at architecture, design and engineering during that time.[6]

Hall of the Abencerrajes

"Honeycomb," "stalactite," or "mocárabe" vaulting in the Hall of the Abencerrajes
Portico and pool of the early 14th-century Partal, in the Alta Alhambra of the complex.

The Sala de los Abencerrajes (Hall of the Abencerrages) derives its name from a legend according to which the father of Boabdil, the last sultan of Granada, having invited the chiefs of that line to a banquet, massacred them here.[citation needed] This room is a perfect square, with a lofty dome and trellised windows at its base. The roof is decorated in blue, brown, red and gold, and the columns supporting it spring out into the arch form in a remarkably beautiful manner. Opposite to this hall is the Sala de las dos Hermanas (Hall of the two Sisters), so-called from two white marble slabs laid as part of the pavement. These slabs measure 500 by 220 cm (15 by 7½ ft). There is a fountain in the middle of this hall, and the roof — a dome honeycombed with tiny cells, all different, and said to number 5000 — is an example of the "stalactite vaulting" of the Moors.

Generalife

Of the outlying buildings connected to the Alhambra, the foremost in interest is the Palacio de Generalife or Gineralife (the Muslim Jennat al Arif, "Garden of Arif," or "Garden of the Architect"). This villa dates from the beginning of the 14th century but has been restored several times. The Villa de los Martires (Martyrs' Villa), on the summit of Monte Mauror, commemorates by its name the Christian slaves who were forced to build the Alhambra and confined here in subterranean cells.[10] The Torres Bermejas (Vermilion Towers), also on Monte Mauror, are a well-preserved Moorish fortification, with underground cisterns, stables, and accommodation for a garrison of 200 men. Several Roman tombs were discovered in 1829 and 1857 at the base of Monte Mauror.[6][10]

Other features

Among the other features of the Alhambra are the Sala de la Justicia (Hall of Justice), the Patio del Mexuar (Court of the Council Chamber), the Patio de Daraxa (Court of the Vestibule), and the Peinador de la Reina (Queen's Robing Room), in which there is similar architecture and decoration. The palace and the Upper Alhambra also contain baths, rows of bedrooms and summer-rooms, a whispering gallery and labyrinth, and vaulted sepulchres.

West side of Palace of Charles V in the Alhambra.

The original furniture of the palace is represented by the famous Alhambra vase, one of the very large vases made to stand in niches, an example of Hispano-Moresque ware dating from 1320 and belonging to the first period of Moorish pottery. It is 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) high; the background is white, and the decoration is blue, white and gold.[6]

Influence

In literature

Parts of the following novels are set in the Alhambra:

Whilst fountains and flowing water are a common feature around the Alhambra, they are particularly prevalent in the Palacio de Generalife.

In music

The plot of the Ballet-héroïque entitled Zaïde, Reine De Grenade, by the French Baroque composer Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (c. 1705–1755), takes place at the Alhambra.

Alhambra has directly inspired musical compositions as Francisco Tárrega's famous tremolo study for guitar Recuerdos De La Alhambra.

Claude Debussy's piece for two pianos composed in 1901, Lindaraja, and the prelude, La Puerta Del Vino, from the second book of preludes composed from 1912 to 1913.

Isaac Albéniz wrote a piano suite Recuerdos De viaje, which included a piece called "En La Alhambra", while his suite Iberia contained a piece called "El Albacin". Albéniz also composed a Suite Alhambra, but was uncompleted.

"En Los Jardines Del Generalife", the first movement of Manuel de Falla's Noches En Los Jardines De España, and other pieces by composers such as Ruperto Chapí (Los Gnomos De La Alhambra, 1891), Tomás Bretón, and many others are included in a stream referred to by scholars as Alhambrismo.[11][12][13]

In 1976, filmmaker Christopher Nupen filmed The Song Of The Guitar at the Alhambra which was an hour-long program featuring the legendary Spanish guitarist, Andrés Segovia.

British composer Julian Anderson wrote an orchestral piece, Alhambra Fantasy.

In pop and folk music, Alhambra is the subject of the Ghymes song of the same name. The rock band The Grateful Dead released a song called "Terrapin Station" on the 1977 album of the same name. It consisted of a series of small compositions penned by Robert Hunter and put to music by Jerry Garcia; a lyrical section of this suite was called "Alhambra".

Gazelles painting
Tessellations like this inspired M.C. Escher's work.

In September 2006, Canadian singer/composer Loreena McKennitt performed live at the Alhambra. The resulting video recordings premiered on PBS and were later released as a 3-disc DVD/CD set called Nights From The Alhambra.

The Basque pop group Mocedades performed a song called "Juntos En La Alhambra".

Alhambra is the title of an EP recording by Canadian rock band, The Tea Party, containing acoustic versions of a few of their songs.

Alhambra and Albaicín are mentioned in the Mago de Oz song named "El Paseo De Los Tristes" from the album entitled Gaia II.

In mathematics

The Alhambra tiles are remarkable in that they contain nearly all, if not all, of the seventeen mathematically possible wallpaper groups.[14] This is a unique accomplishment in world architecture. M. C. Escher's visit in 1922 and study of the Moorish use of symmetry in the Alhambra tiles inspired his subsequent work on regular divisions of the plane.

In film

Marcel L'Herbier's 1921 film 'El Dorado' features many scenes shot in and around the Alhambra palace. This was the first time permission had been granted for a film company to shoot inside the Alhambra palace and L'Herbier gave prominent place to its gardens, fountains and geometric architectural patterns, which became some of the film's most memorable images.

Animated films by Spanish director Juan Bautista Berasategui such as Ahmed, El Principe De La Alhambra and El Embrujo Del Sur are based on stories in Washington Irving's Tales Of The Alhambra.

In videogames

This serves as a location for the Spain stage in The King of Fighters (1998). Alhambra is a wonder in Civilization V: Gods & Kings.

In astronomy

There is a main belt asteroid named Alhambra.

Video

Alhambra (2010)
View of the Alhambra from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albayzin of Granada.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎, trans. al-Ḥamrāʼ ; literally "the red one", feminine; in colloquial Arabic: el-Ḥamra 
  2. ^ Arabic: الْقَلْعَةُ ٱلْحَمْرَاءُ‎, trans. al-Qalʻat al-Ḥamrāʼ , "the red fortress"

References

  • Alhassani, S.T.S., Woodcock, E., & Saoud, R. (2007). 1001 Inventions: Muslim heritage in our world. Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation.
Notes
  1. ^ "The Alhambra - historical introduction". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada". World Heritage List. UNESCO. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Encyclopædia Britannica 11th Edition 1, The Encyclopædia Britannica, 1910, p. 657. 
  4. ^ Irwin 2004, pp. 5–6.
  5. ^ Alhambra
  6. ^ a b c d e Mirmobiny, Shadieh. "The Alhambra". Smarthistory at Khan Academy. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  7. ^ D. Fairchild Ruggles, "The Gardens of the Alhambra and the Concept of the Garden in Islamic Spain," in Al-Andalus: The Arts of Islamic Spain, ed. Jerrilynn Dodds. New York: Metropolitan Museum, 1992, pp. 162-71.
  8. ^ Alhassani, S.T.S., Woodcock, E., & Saoud, R. (2007). 1001 Inventions: Muslim heritage in our world. Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation.
  9. ^ Al-Hassani, Woodcock & Saud, 2007: 233.
  10. ^ a b Encyclopædia Britannica 11th Edition 1, The Encyclopædia Britannica, 1910, p. 658. 
  11. ^ Noche de paz[dead link]
  12. ^ "CVC. Rinconete. Acordes". Cvc.cervantes.es. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  13. ^ "El alhambrismo en la música española hasta la época de Manuel de Falla – Dialnet". Dialnet.unirioja.es. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  14. ^ "Mathematics in Art and Architecture". Math.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
Bibliography
  • Irwin, Robert. The Alhambra. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2004.
  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Further reading

  • Jacobs, Michael; Fernández, Francisco (2009), Alhambra, Frances Lincoln, ISBN 978-0-7112-2518-3 
  • Fernández Puertas, Antonio (1997), The Alhambra. Vol 1: From the Ninth Century to Yusuf I (1354), Saqi Books, ISBN 0-86356-466-6 
  • Fernández Puertas, Antonio (1998), The Alhambra. Vol 2: (1354–1391), Saqi Books, ISBN 0-86356-467-4 
  • Fernández Puertas, Antonio (1999), The Alhambra. Vol 3: From 1391 to the Present Day, Saqi Books, ISBN 978-0-86356-589-2 
  • Grabar, Oleg. The Alhambra. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1978.
  • Jacobs, Michael and Francisco Fernandez. Alhambra. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2000.
  • Lowney, Chris. A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2005.
  • Menocal, Maria, Rosa. The Ornament of the World. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2002.
  • Read, Jan. The Moors in Spain and Portugal. London: Faber and Faber, 1974.
  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, “Alhambra,” in Encyclopaedia of Islam, third edition. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008.
  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain, Philadelphia: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, “The Gardens of the Alhambra and the Concept of the Garden in Islamic Spain,” in Al-Andalus: The Arts of Islamic Spain, ed. Jerrilynn Dodds. New York: Metropolitan Museum, 1992, pp. 162–71.
  • D. Fairchild Ruggles, Islamic Gardens and Landscapes, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
  • Steves, Rick (2004). Spain and Portugal 2004, pp. 204–205. Avalon Travel Publishing. ISBN 1-56691-529-5.
  • lexicorient.com
  • Stewart, Desmond. The Alhambra. Newsweek Publishing, 1974. ISBN 0-88225-088-4.
  • The World Heritage. Istanbul and Cordoba, Vol. #15. Film Ideas, 2008. ISBN 1-57557-715-1.

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