ORATORIO DEL PARTAL

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I have spoken before of the Partal palace, which is a shadow of its former self but still quite a sight to behold. There is a little extra which is worth watching when you'll reach that point : the oratory.


An oratory is, in a palace, a private chapel for the aristocrats where they can prey and meditate. This one dates back from Al-Andalus, obviously, just by looking at its decoration and at its orientation. In effect, the mihrab it shelters is orientated south-east/east, where Mecca is located in the Arabian peninsula, and obviously this is where the Sultans went in order to communiate with Allah. 


It has been only recently restored and due to its size and its fragilily, it's not open to the public, but you can easily take a peak and appreciate the decoration and its peacefulness.






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