16 May 2009

Stars of light

Ceiling of Hall of the Abencerrajes and Hall of Kings (or Hall of Justice) The extravagant domed "maqarnas" ceiling

This star-shaped dome has elaborate, decorative stalactites. The sixteen windows are decorated with fretwork. The dome of mocarabes rests on eight pendentives of mocarabes. The following quotation is written on the pendentives: "There is no other help than the help that comes from God, the clement and merciful One."