Sunday, January 26, 2014

shapes and patterns

The geometry, the symmetry, the intricacy, the design. The Alhambra is full of surprises. In the Islamic context, they signify the visualization of the infinite nature of Allah, extending past the visible, material world. The motifs, done in tile and stucco, are undergoing a massive restoration, as the palace suffered from centuries of neglect. The inscriptions are significant too, with the motto of the Nasrid Dynasty given most prominence - 'There is no victor except God'.

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