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"Though the origins of both important monuments of Granada, the Alhambra(palace and fortress) and Generalife(garden belonging to the palace), are not clear, there are certain remains from the 9th century, the Alhambra’s most brilliant creations date from the Nasrid Empire and the reign of Carlos V, between the 13th and 16th centuries.
In its palaces, from the window of the mirador de Daraxa to the mottled stone columns of the Carlos V palace, everything in this complex is designed, planned and executed with only the thought of perfection in mind.

How many times every angle, every detail of the Lions' Court have been photographed nobody could ever estimate.

The Lions' Court was built in the second half of the 14th century during the reign of Muhammad 5. It opens up to 3 beautiful rooms, the Hall of the Two Sisters, the Hall of the Abencerrajes and the Hall of the Kings. Together with the Lions' Court do they make up the Harem of the Royal Palace.

The American writer Washington Irving wrote about the the Lions' Court: "It is impossible to contemplate his scene, so perfectly Oriental, without feeling the early associations of Arabian romance, and almost expecting to see the white arm of some mysterious pricess beckoning from the gallery, or some dark eye sparkling though the lattice. The abode of beauty is here as if had been inhabited but yesterday."

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