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.