Lens-Artists Challenge: Cooling (Alhambra)

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 AD.

While touring this majestic historic palace, we’ve learned about how Moors used water to keeps the palace, courtyard, and garden cool during the long hot summer.

The Moorish fountain does not spray water upwards with force like the western fountains. It was built with quiet water currents that cooled the air. The water splashes were added later in the 18th Century:

The Lions Fountain at Alhambra (see below) sends water in fours directions, pools it in a small spring and then recycles it. This continuous water cycle keeps the place cool.

The Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla at the Alcázar garden of Seville are rainwater tanks beneath the Patio del Crucero. A very unique way of cooling down the building during the hot summer.

Ann-Christine has invited us to join this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge “Cooling”, Click here to enjoy her beautiful photos.

These photos were posted a few years ago. I thought my new blog friends and followers might find the cooling system in Alhambra and Alcázar interesting.

 interesting. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing your photos of cooling.

For more information about the Len-Artists Photo Challenge, click here.

Thank you for visiting!

49 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge: Cooling (Alhambra)

  1. (EN)I really like the perspective in your shots and the tour guide is very pleasant.Thanks for sharing,wish you as soon as possible some relief from the heat .
    (IT) Mi piace davvero molto la prospettiva nei tuoi scatti e la guida turistica è molto piacevole.Grazie per la condivisione e ti auguro un po’ di refrigerio al più presto.

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  2. The trickle of water is always a refreshing sound. These are so beautiful, aren’t they Amy? You were lucky because the Lions were still being renovated when we were there a few years ago. (and it was quite cool 🙂 )

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  3. Thank you, Jo! I heard that the Lion Fountain was under renovation in 2012 , it might take a little while to complete. It was a beautiful courtyard. 🙂

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  4. Splendid choice for the challenge,dear Amy,great your originative idea!You have so effectively related the grand constructions of the palace with the constant flow of water through channels,subchannels and fountains to refresh and cool the space 🙂 xxx

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  5. It was in the early 1970s that I was close to the Alhambra, on the Spanish coast at that time, but we never made it there because of the heat. Well, maybe we should have, to cool down there instead of at the beach. 😉
    Thanks, Amy, for showing these gorgeous pictures, and have a wonderful weekend,
    Pit

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  6. The rainwater tank photograph is gorgeous — love that architecture. It’s great when people make something pragmatic with curves because it lends beauty to the whole enterprise as well as function.

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