Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Geometric Patterns of Alhambra

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was constructed during the mid 10th century by the Berber ruler Badis ben Habus of the Kingdom of Granada in al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada. The decorations within the palaces typified the remains of Moorish dominion within Spain and ushered in the last great period of Andalusian art in Granada. With little of the Byzantine influence of contemporary Abassid architecture,[1] artists endlessly reproduced the same forms and trends, creating a new style that developed over the course of the Nasrid Dynasty.... The isolation from the rest of Islam plus the commercial and political relationship with the Christian kingdoms also influenced building styles. [wikipedia] Below: Decorative Tiles from the Alhambra Palace.

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