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Here is a classy view on the Court of the Myrtles of the Nasrid Palaces in Alhambra, Granada.

Alhambra is the complex of palaces, the residence of the kings of Granada. Its construction was started by the founder of the dynasty, Alhamar, in the thirteenth century, although the buildings that have survived to our time date mainly from the fourteenth century.
The walls of these palaces enclose the refinement and the delicateness of the last Hispano-Arab governors of Al Andalus, the Nasrids.

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. This court is 42 m long by 22 m 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. Sources: Wikipedia and www.alhambra.org

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Additional Photos by Gosia Siudzinska (siudzi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2622 W: 23 N: 4178] (31641)
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