As you look through the photos in this particular entry, keep in mind that these are places of residence for the royal family and court. RESIDENCE.
People actually lived in these stunning halls.
These halls contained bedchambers. Bedchambers.
I can’t even….
I’ve been to quite a few English/Christian castles before and I’ve yet to see any that can challenge Moorish palaces in their harmony of light, colours, air and water. The former is synonymous with dark, dank and suffocating dungeons, hallways and bedchambers. The latter is all about embodying the idea of Paradise.
It is no wonder then that after the Reconquest, King Ferdinand ordered for his residence(s) to incorporate elements of Moorish architecture – thereby producing mudejar architecture (something I will elaborate further in future entries, inshaAllah).
Hall of the Two Sisters
Personally, this hall is my favourite of all the halls in the Palace of the Lions. It’s in the centre of a series of chambers where the sultanah and her family lived, and oh boy, is it magnificent!
The most impressive element is the beautiful dome of mocarabes. If you ask me, the dome looks like an exquisitely rich flower! There are little windows all around allowing light in, making
the entire hall feel somewhat magical.
Remember what I mentioned about different angles making the marbles change colours? (:
The hall’s paving is made of marble and has a small fountain with a jet and a little channel that carries the water to the Patio of the Lions.
Marble. Water. Mocarabes. Exquisite decoration on walls. What else do you need?
I can stay in this hall and gape at its beauty all day. Can you imagine actually staying in such a hall?!
Hall of the Kings
On the other hand, the Hall of the Kings has its own different appeal compared to the Hall of the Two Sister
It is divided into seven parts: three square rooms, separated by two rectangular sections and two bedchambers at the end of them.
It seems more sombre and serious, if you were to ask me. I guess it was apt then for it to be converted into a Hall of Justice in the 18th century.
But really, can you just imagine being part of the royal court and actually staying in this palace?