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From the website 'Spain, then and now':

"Charles’s Palace was begun in 1526, but never completed. It’s an immense granite square, enclosing a large, circular courtyard...

...The double arcaded courtyard is simple to the point of austere. Its columns –Doric on the lower level, Ionic on the upper-- are solidly grounded and muscular. There is no colour to speak of; it is a formal space, somewhat forbidding, even under the Andalusian sun.

The overall emphasis in this palace is on structure, the way in which loads and stresses are balanced and counterbalanced. Ornamentation is restrained both on the façade and in the courtyard. In this, Charles’s Palace follows well established principles of Western architecture.

The palace now houses two museums. On the ground floor is the Museo Nacional de Arte Hispano-Arabe, with a large collection of artifacts from the vicinity. One treasure is the exquisite "Alhambra Vase" decorated with gazelles. On the upper level is the Museo de Bellas Artes, with an interesting collection of paintings and sculpture."

Taken within the Alhambra at Granada in southern Spain, this is the upper terrace of the courtyard. I've tried some burning and dodging and increased saturation a little to compensate for the hot, hazy weather. I liked the perspective and warm cold color contrast here.

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