The Nasrid Palaces
The palaces in the Alcazaba were elaborately designed with plaster, gemstones and tiles, geometric shapes, floral patterns and calligraphies decorate the walls. Among the most sumptuous buildings is the Sala de Embajadores (Throne Room), in which the throne was located and official receptions were held. Also impressive is the Patio de los Leones (Lion's Courtyard) with its delicately appearing 124 columns and the fountain in the middle of the courtyard, formed from twelve lions. The ceilings are also elaborately designed, for example, stalactites hang in the Sala de los Abencerrajes and in the Sala de los Reyes it is adorned with a painting of the first ten rulers. The best view of the entire palace is found in the Patio de la Reja.