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 (ăl-hăm′brə, äl-äm′brä)
A citadel and palace on a hill overlooking Granada, Spain. Built by Moorish kings in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Alhambra is the finest example of Moorish architecture in Spain.


(Placename) a citadel and palace in Granada, Spain, built for the Moorish kings during the 13th and 14th centuries: noted for its rich ornamentation
Alhambresque adj


(ælˈhæm brə)

1. a palace and citadel of the Moorish kings in Granada, Spain: completed in the 14th century.
2. a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 64,615.
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Noun1.Alhambra - a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle AgesAlhambra - a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
Granada - a city in southeastern Spain that was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492; site of the Alhambra (a palace and fortress built by Moors in the Middle Ages) which is now a major tourist attraction
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A central courtyard garden is an Alhambresque oasis shaded by palms and jacaranda trees, with a pond and two fountains placed asymmetrically because, as Fathy explained, 'only Allah is perfect'.
And finally there is the Alhambresque courtyard, a new addition, complete with slender Nasrid columns, gurgling fountain, geometric zilij dadoes, coffered wooden ceiling, and intricate stucco carving exquisitely executed by craftsmen from Fez, Morocco.
As well as the two Crystal Palaces (where he was responsible for the decoration), the Oriental Courts at the South Kensington Museum and the much-loved and frequented St James's Hall in Piccadilly--demolished in 1905, its Alhambresque interior known only from the black and white illustrations in The Illustrated London News and The Building News--he made his greatest impact through colour.