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The Court of the Lions, (Patio de los Leones, بهو السباع), is the main courtyard of the Nasrid dynasty Palace of the Lions in the heart of the Alhambra, the Moorish citadel formed by a complex of palaces, gardens and forts in Granada, Spain. The Palace of the Lions was the architectural pinnacle of the Alhambra.

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It was commissioned by the Nasrid sultan Muhammed V of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus. Its construction started in the second period of his reign, between 1362 and 1391 CE. The site is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and was minted in Spain's 2011 limited edition of 2€ Commemorative Coins. The structure of the courtyard, has, as it has been said, a direct influence of the Sevillian Patio de las Doncellas, but its meaning and origins trace their roots to early Islamic gardening, the courtyard divided in four parts, each one of them symbolizing one of the four parts of the world. Each part is irrigated by a water channel that symbolize the four rivers of Paradise. This courtyard is, therefore, an architectural materialization of Paradise, where the gardens, the water, and the columns form a conceptual and physical unity. The slender column forest have been said to represent the palm trees of an oasis in the desert, deeply related with Paradise in the Nasrid imagination. In the poem of Ibn Zamrak on the basin of the fountain, a further meaning is stated clearly: 'The fountain is the Sultan, which smothers with his graces all his subjects and lands, as the water wets the gardens.'

The Court had a cross ground floor design with a central fountain, following the same pattern as other earlier and later constructions used in Muslin Spain and elsewhere. The proportional and visual perfection of the surrounding arched gallery supported by columns converted this Court into one of the most celebrated and admired of architectural structures.

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The Courtyard of the Lions is an oblong courtyard, 35 m in length and 20 meters in width, surrounded by a low gallery supported on 124 white marble columns. A pavilion projects into the courtyard at each extremity, with filigree walls and light domed roof, elaborately ornamented. The square is paved with coloured tiles, and the colonnade with white marble; while the walls are covered 1.5 meters up from the ground with blue and yellow tiles, with a border above and below enamelled blue and gold.

The architectural pattern of the Palace of the Lions was similar to that of the Palace of Comares, although with the traditional design of the Spanish-Moorish houses, i.e. a central open air courtyard as the centre of family life was flanked by a number of polyvalent rooms consisting of a ground floor and at least one upper floor or loft.

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  • Manzano Martos, Rafael. La Alhambra: El universo mágico de la Granada islámica. Editorial Anaya, 1992. ISBN 84-207-4833-1, ISBN 978-84-207-4833-7.
  • Robert Irwin, The Alhambra, ISBN 978-1-86197-487-7, 2005.
  • Chueca Goitia, Fernando: Invariantes castizos de la Arquitectura Española. Manifiesto de la Alhambra ISBN 84-237-0459-9.
  • García Gómez, Emilio: Poemas árabes en los muros y fuentes de la Alhambra. Instituto Egipcio de Estudios Islámicos. Madrid, 1985. ISSN 1132-3485.
  • Al-Hassani, S.T.S, (2012). 1001 inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation. National Geographic. ISBN 978-1426209345.

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At the start of this second book, which I was pleasantly surprised to find was the conclusion to the story rather than the second in a trilogy, Maram is angry with Amani because of Amani’s interactions with the rebels at the end of Mirage, though Amani is still loyal to Maram as well. As Amani mourns this loss of their friendship and worries about Maram, the princess then delivers news that pains her to her core: in just days, Maram will be marrying Idris — and Amani is going to stand in Maram’s place for the ceremony and public celebrations.

In Court of Lions, Amani has to find a way to draw Maram back out of her anger and silence and must decide if (and how) she will continue working with the rebels. She chafes at the cruel rule of the Vathek over her planet and people and is angry about her own situation, where she has no life of her own. But her unique position and access could allow her to make a real difference in helping the rebels — and perhaps, even, ridding their planet of the Vathek and being free again.

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The story here in these two books is not original in basic components: girl from a simple background is put into a situation where she has potential for power but she needs to find that strength and courage within herself; a land/world/culture has been conquered by brutal outsiders and needs to be overthrown. But it’s no matter; most stories really aren’t and can’t be “original.” This story’s characters are compelling and their growth and experiences are what matter; in addition, the setting does a lot to make these books come alive. It’s a lush, Moroccan-inspired setting, replete with delicious-sounding foods, art, poetry, opulent and ornate clothing, lush locations and a proud cultural tradition. I enjoyed the books and was pleased with the conclusion.

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Rated: Mild. There’s essentially no bad language; violence occurs but is not detailed or gory; there is a battle and some deaths but little that’s too disturbing. Sexual content here is a bit more than in the first book; characters kiss, and in one scene it goes further than that but stops before the characters have sex (still without much description); another time, characters have sex but there are no details.

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.