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Another patio entrance spotted whilst wandering the streets of Old Cordoba in Andalusia in Southern Spain.

According to Wikipedia:

Andalusian patios are stone patios typically acting as central open spaces in a home decorated with flowers and plants. They are an architectural fusion of the Roman and Andalusian world.

It has long been customary to decorate houses and palaces with large open spaces and gardens dominated by fragrant flowers, fountains, canals, wells, ponds. Other decorative figures, (placed since the 15th and 16th century), frescoes with mythological scenes, and marble medallions (on walls), may also feature. The intention was to represent the Garden of the Paradise as imagined by the Classical and Muslim architects.

There are countless examples throughout the entire region of Andalusia, including the Alhambra of Granada, the Alcazar of Seville and many other buildings and houses in those cities, but it is in Cordoba where it developed its main features.

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