Alhambra – Nasrid Palaces: Ceiling of Sala de las Dos Hermanas (Hall of the Two Sisters)

Ceiling of the Hall of Two Sisters located inside the Nasrid Palaces in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

A view of the ceiling of >Sala de las Dos Hermanas (Hall of Two Sisters)

Sala de las Dos Hermanas – A view of the ceiling
Located south of the Court of the Lions, the Hall of Two Sisters is ornate with beautiful geometric designs on its walls and ceiling.

Just like the Hall of Abencerrajas, the ceiling of this hall has the dome of the mocárabes, however, the design is different. The small colorful cells are arranged to form concentric geometrical shapes.

As you can see from the image, the outermost shape is a star-shaped polygon and enclosed within this shape is a hexadecagon (a polygon with 16 sides). The inner vertices of the outermost shape touch the middle points of the sides of the hexadecagon. Enclosed within this hexadecagon is an octagon (a polygon with 8 sides), and within this octagon, there are many layers of concentric shapes. Below the roof and covering the entire hall is a deck whose balustrades form an octagon. It is a delight to the eyes to view these fascinating geometric designs.

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