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This is the beautiful gilded dome of Ambassador's Hall in Real Alcazar of Seville, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Soon after the Moorish gained control of Seville in 1161, they constructed a number of monuments, one of them being a fortress-like palace known as the Al-Muwarak (the Blessed). In 1364, after the reconquest of Moorish Spain by Christians, the king commissioned the construction of a new palace, at the site of the Al-Muwarak.

Craftsmen from across Andalusia created a magnificent interior in Mudéjar style. Subsequent monarchs expanded the palace, resulting in a diverse complex with different architectural styles. The top floor of the palace is still actively used by the Royal Family.

Hall of Ambassadors is the most magnificent part of the palatial complex. Intricately decorated archways with horseshoe arches give access to the hall which is covered with a stunning dome, created in 1389 in a Moorish style by Diego Ruiz, a Sevillian craftsman. The gilded dome is made of interlaced wood. Just below the dome is a frieze with portraits of Spanish kings.

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The photo was made under a very low light, using ISO 1600 and 1/8 handheld, thus causing a lot of noise and blur. I tried to improve it without using Neat Image, which erases lots of tiny details, as it takes the details as grains. One should definitely go there with a high ISO capable camera, as tripods and flashlight are not allowed.

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