TOWER OF COMARES / HALL OF THE AMBASSADORS

The Tower of Comares is located at the end of the pool of the Patio de los Arrayanes, on one side, and on the other side it faces directly the Albayzin hill. You can admire it best from the Paseo de los Tristes, directly under it, or from the Mirador de San Nicolas.

The Tower of Comares seen from the Paseo de los Tristes




Due to its stature, the Tower of Comares hosts the biggest and most important room of the whole Alhambra: the Throne Room, or Hall of the Ambassadors, which refined decoration contrasts sharply with its austere and severe exterior. 



The walls are decorated all over with vegetal and geometric patterns and inscriptions, all in plaster, ceramic and wood. The plasterwork praises God and the Sultan, Yusuf I, who built it in the middle of the 14th century. The ceiling is worth a look as well : it is a great wooden framework representing paradise, which, according to the Qur’an, is formed of seven superimposed skies.

The Hall of the Ambassadors is connected to the Patio de los Arrayanes through the Hall of the Boat (which Spanish name Sala de la Barca is a deformation of the Arabic baraka, meaning luck) and its somptuous sculpted vaults and doors.




From inside the Hall of the Ambassadors, looking to the Patio de los Arrayanes, through the Hall of the Boat


Such an impressive room was the perfect venue to welcome Ambassadors, enemies, subjects and allies in order to impress and stun into submission.