Charles V, King of Spain, elected Emperor of Germany, decided to build his royal palace in the Alhambra after the visit by a Granada after their wedding in Sevilla with Isabel of Portugal in 1526. A circle inscribed in a square, and the use of architectural language of the Renaissance. His choice of location inside the Alhambra for its construction shows the king’s awareness of the beauty of the Arab palaces and his interest in preserving them for posterity.
This was an interesting piece of architecture and a great place to use the 15mm wide-angle lens. Standing on the 2nd floor we can almost see the entire building in perfect perspective. I did try to sit on the ground, in the centre circle, but the building is too big to get the entire building in a single frame. Visiting hours at the Alambra limit the time of day photographs can be taken inside the buildings, and we had a clear sunny day resulting in a harsh shadows. I guess I am one of the few tourists who hopes for cloudy or possibly even rainy days!!!
Like many places in Spain the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristanos of Cordoba Spain has undergone many renovations, upgrades and restorations since it’s inception. I choose this view, situated about 1/2 way through the gardens, with a low perspective as the big sky hints of the size, and the lines leading to the great Tower and walls show the formality of the garden.
The Alcazar is considered on of Spain’s Sacred Destinations, and is where Queen Isabella heard Christopher Columbus’ request for her to fund his historic journey to the Americas.
I have this glass ball hanging in the garden on what looks like a spring, when the wind turns the spring it looks like the glass ball is moving up and down, it is an illusion! The glass ball also mirrors the world, but the image in it is upside down and backwards. It is, at least for me, quite fascinating to study the view and I was reminded again how things aren’t always as they seem, our personal perspective shapes what we see, and is shaped by how we look at things, and I should try to look at things from more that one perspective occasionally.