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Visiting Court of The Lions in Granada
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The Court of The Lions is part of the Palace of the Lions built by Muhammad V between 1362 and 1391. It is probably the most famous place of the Alhambra. The Nasrid Sultanate was at its prime during this period and Court of the Lions was an example of the rich Moorish artistic styles that developed during this period. The Court of The Lions is lined with arcades which are supported by 124 slender marble columns. It is part of Nasrid Palaces in Alhambra. There are a few things to do at the Court of The Lions.

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Court of The Lions Tours

Court of The Lions Tours

1. Lion Fountain

1. Lion Fountain

The Fountain of the Lion is not just another Alhambra ornament for the purpose of contemplation. The fountain is yet another piece of evidence of the Moor's deep fascination with water. The water from the lion fountain cools the elegant pavilions around the courtyard and the water system is said to be quite complex. Water flows in and out of the basin without spilling over, but instead spurts out of the lions' mouths.  This fountain is held up by twelve figurative marble lions which is an unusual feature for a Muslim palace. It is a must thing to do at Court of The Lions.

2. The Architecture

2. The Architecture

Next thing to do at the Court of The Lions is to admire its architecture. The ground plan is rectangular, surrounded by porches, resembling a Christian cloister rather than the typical Andalusian courtyard style (which is more like the Court of Myrtles). Delicate arches and columns with slender shafts as well as ornate stucco and plaster reliefs add to the beauty and grace of this self-contained patio. The columns around the courtyard are arranged singly, doubly, or in threes--creating a subtle rhythm. It has been suggested that the twelve lions may represent the 12 months or the 12 signs of the Zodiac and that the four channels of water might represent the 4 corners of the cosmos, the 4 cardinal points of the compass or the 4 rivers of Paradise.

3.  Sala de los Reyes

3. Sala de los Reyes

Across the courtyard, to the East, is the Sala de los Reyes (Hall of the Kings), an elongated space divided into sections using a series of arches leading up to a vaulted muqarnas ceiling; the room has multiple alcoves, some with an unobstructed view of the courtyard, but with no known function. This room contains paintings on the ceiling representing courtly life. The images were first painted on tanned sheepskins, in the tradition of miniature painting. They use brilliant colors and fine details and are attached to the ceiling rather than painted on it.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

You can purchast your tickets online, due to the great demand of tickets and to the restriction in the number of visitors per day, advance booking is recommended. There are two types of tickets: daytime visit and evening visit. There are different ticket prices depending on the type of tickets you wish to purchase. The price also varies if the purchase is made in advance or at the ticket office the day of the visit. If you purchase the tickets for the Alhambra online, you can collect them in advance at the ticket office or the ticket dispensers.

How To Get Around?

You can get around the Court of The Lions on foot. It is also accessible by wheelchair and stroller.

What Should I Wear?

In the summer, wear t-shirts and shorts to make yourself comfortable, it could reach 36 degrees during the day. Put on your sunscreen to protect your skin.


Best Time to Visit

No, you will not need a guide to explore the court. Just make sure you take the map or guidebook at the ticket office before you enter. Besides, you can find everything you need to know to visit the Court of The Lions on this website.



Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will not need a guide to explore the court. Just make sure you take the map or guidebook at the ticket office before you enter. Besides, you can find everything you need to know to visit the Court of The Lions on this website.

How To Get There?

You can reach granada by car, train and airplane.

Additional Info

You can take the red minibus Alhambra Bus C3, which leaves every 10 minutes from Plaza Nueva to the Alhambra. The stop where you need to get off is called 'Generalife'.  You can buy the bus ticket directly on the bus. From the bus stop you can see the entrance to the Court of The Lions. The most desirable way is to walk down the Cuesta de Gomérez from the Plaza Nueva, enter the grounds of the Alhambra through the Cuesta de Gomérez and subsequently through the beautiful Gate of Justice, after passing through the woods.

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