154. Hall of the Abencerrajes

The Hall of the Abencerrajes is an absolutely stunning visual display.

Since this palace was the private chambers of the royal family, I’ve got to admit… I was letting my imagination run wild.

Feeling-feeling jadi part of the royal family sekejap and look out of the window. 😛

Anyway…. I’ve digressed. 😛

Oh yes, the Hall of the Abencerrajes.

I had a stiff neck by the time I exited the hall because the artwork on the ceiling is just… spectacular.

The Hall of the Abencerrajes (Sala de los Abencerrajes) is so called because it is said that the Abencerrajes knights were there beheaded, although the experts can not decide who was the king who ordered it. In fact, there is a rust stain covering part of the marble fountain in the middle of the hall, which is said to be a bloodstain from the Abencerrajes knights.


The walls have plasterwork covers and a tile skirting board from the 16th century, of Renaissance style. A wonderful dome of mocarabes rests on eight pendentives of mocarabes. The following inscription is written on the pendentives: “There is no other help than the help that comes from God, the clement and merciful One”.

I personally loved the star-shaped ceiling of mocarabes! Mocarabes are essentially designs that resemble the honeycomb or stalactices, an ornamental design used extensively especially in Moorish Islamic architecture in the 12th century.

How can one not appreciate the detailed yet harmonious nature of this palace’s design?

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