The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
There was a time when the Islamic world was reasonable and focussed on life in this world -- and its thinkers debated and passed on the great ideas of the Classical world. This was back when the West was going through its own Dark Ages, and western Europe was an ordure-strewn hemisphere of crosses and graves and misery. The Alhambra, in dry, sun-drenched Granada, Spain, was built at just this time, as an Islamic fortress and pleasure palace just when Islam was at the very zenith of its influence and worldly power.
The courtyard shown here is the Lions' Court, part of the harem.
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