Sala de los Ajimeces
Historic Room in Granada
The Sala de los Ajimeces or Hall of the Ajimeces is a hall in the Palacio de los Leones. The Palacio de los Leones is one of the palaces that make up the Palacio Nazaríes in the Alhambra Complex, in Granada, Spain.
Where is the Sala de los Ajimeces located?
What does the Sala de los Ajimeces look like?
The Ceiling of the Sala de los Ajimeces
The Sala de los Ajimeces is rectangular room and is covered by a dome of mocarabes, remade in the 16th century. A frieze surrounds the hall underneath the dome with the following inscription: “May our Master Abu Abd’ Allah, emir of the Muslims, receive God’s help and protection as well as a glorious victory”.
Windows of Sala de los Ajimeces
Light comes fro the two twin balconies on its north wall, which overlook the Garden of Daraxa. The ajimeces arched windows were originally balconies intricately decorated with wooden latticework, which was a common Nasrid architectural practice, though not much remains of it today. Examples can be found in convents and varieties of the practice can be seen in traditional Andalusian architecture.
Walls of the Sala de los Ajimeces
Its walls are decorated with plaster work with religious inscriptions and coats of arms with the Nasrid motto. The lower part of the gallery wall is bare, so at one time probably had a tapestry there.
Where does Sala de los Ajimeces get its name?
The Sala de los Ajimeces or Hall of the Ajimeces, is so called because of two twin balconies on its north wall, which overlook the garden. Ajimeces is the Spanish name for the wooden balconies with latticework that are found in this room.
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