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The Lion fountain

In the center of the patio with white marble floor there once was a low garden. The garden went through many alterations over the years and has now been eliminated to avoid dampness. There are white marble channels, which start inside the pavilions and inside the halls of the two longer sides and meet at the center forming a cross. At the ends of the channels there are jets that send water to the central fountain.

In the centre is the Fountain of Lions, an alabaster basin surrounded by the figures of twelve lions in white marble, symbols of strength, power, and sovereignty. Along the edge of the fountain there is a poem written by Ibn Zamrak that praises the beauty of the fountain and the power of the lions, and also describes the ingenious hydraulic systems and works of the fountain that baffled all those who saw it. The fountain is either 11th or 14th century.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain. 2015

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Taken on May 14, 2015