Fachade of Comares

Fachada of Comares

Across from the portico of the Cuarto Dorado one finds the most important façade in the palace: the imposing Fachada of Comares. It was built by Muhammad V to commemorate taking Algeciras in 1369.

The sultan received the subjects who managed to get a special audience with him.

On the central part of the façade, between the two doors, the sultan sat on a Savonarola chair below the great overhang which was the canopy serving as his crown, as the inscription says; an overhang which is only one of the masterpieces of Nasrid carpentry. That is how the theatrical effect was prepared prior to the monarch’s arrival. Meanwhile the women discretely observed the whole ceremony behind the latticework of the windows on the upper floors.

It is found on three steps of stairs in while marble, and its arabesque decoration is in increasing order from the bottom-up.

The door to the right was used as an entrance to the service area and the one to the left for the Patio de Comares.

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