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The Palace of Charles V is a Renaissance building in Granada, southern Spain, located on the top of the hill of the Assabica, inside the Nasrid fortification of the Alhambra: in fact part of the Nasrid palace was destroyed to make way for this new building. The structure was commissioned by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, who wished to establish his residence close to the Alhambra palaces. Although the Catholic Monarchs had already altered some rooms of the Alhambra after the conquest of the city in 1492, Charles V intended to construct a permanent residence befitting an emperor. The plan of the palace is a 17-metre (56 ft) high, 63-metre (207 ft) square containing an inner circular patio. This has no precedent in Renaissance architecture, and places the building in the avant-garde of its time. But the building has never been a home to a monarch and stood roofless until 1957.

I was attracted by the play of light and shade on the circular structure of the patio, and I chose monochrome to emphasise this. I'm now wondering if the architect, Pedro Machuca, designed the patio with this in mind, knowing that the sun would created a moving geometric pattern within the courtyard.

The Workshop image shows an aerial view of this imposing building.

Click here to see the larger Beta TrekEarth version.

Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: f/10.0
ISO: 200
Focal length: 24mm

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